No one is particularly fond of taxes.

However, when a tax is instituted that unfairly and illogically places a severe financial burden on a single industry, it is the responsibility of government to at least take a look at this tax and why it exists.

This is the premise of a bill in the U.S. Senate titled "Protecting Rational Incentives in Newsprint Trade Act of 2018" - or also known as "PRINT Act."

Pardon the pun, but read between the lines of "PRINT." The objective of the bill is clear - to allow time for the federal government (or more specifically, the U.S. Department of Commerce) to review how a tax recently slapped on imported newsprint from Canada is impacting the newspaper industry.

Considering this tax has increased the cost of newsprint for newspapers across the country as much as 32 percent, it is hard to see how the federal government could determine that this tax is anything but damaging and extremely harmful - to the newspaper industry and its readers and advertisers.

To put it in simple terms, the "PRINT Act" would suspend this tax while the federal government conducts a review. This does not seem unreasonable, especially considering the significant negative impact of this tax.

Using the words "unfair" and "illogical" to describe this tax is accurate. Here is why: The origin of this tax comes from a single paper mill in Washington state - the North Pacific Paper Company. This company was acquired by a hedge fund in 2016. This company complained of the "dumping" of newsprint by Canadian paper mills, a term for the Canadian government subsidizing paper mills.

Why only one company complained is curious. Because of this single complaint, the entire newspaper industry in this country has been hit with cost increases as much as 32 percent.

Since the dawn of the digital age decades ago, the newspaper industry has adapted - and these changes have sometimes been painful. However, this pain was caused by technological progress in a free market - not a regressive tax which has little to no substance other than profit for a single entity.

The "PRINT Act" had 10 cosponsors as of Wednesday, with seven Republicans signed on to the bill. We encourage our senators from Texas - Republicans John Cornyn and Ted Cruz - to support this legislation, which would create relief for the newspaper industry while a review of this tax is being conducted.

This does not seem too much to ask.