Researcher and Writer in Washington, DC

The Federal Government’s $500 Million Subsidy to Magazine Publishers

Source: Postal Regulatory Commission, Annual Compliance Detrmination, FY2015

Source: Postal Regulatory Commission, Annual Compliance Detrmination, FY2015

Few  people love magazines more than I do. At last count, I have a half-dozen subscriptions, down from the baker’s dozen of a few years ago (with four young children, I only have so much reading time). Magazines provide incredible value. A single issue tends to cost between $1 and $3 if you subscribe. Whether one spends 30 minutes or 2 hours, magazine’s per-hour cost for edification and entertainment are tough to beat.

So nobody can rightly call me a periodicals hater when I report that the federal government is subsidizing magazines to the tune of $500 million per year. This fact is little known outside the world of mailers…. (Read more at the Brookings Institution FixGov Blog)

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