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USPS Seeks Special January 2012 Postage Rate Increase

August 5th, 2011

The U.S. Postal Service®  has requested permission to implement “exigent” postage rate increases in January 2012 averaging more than 4% on most classes of mail. blog_usps-logo

In a filing with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) last week, the USPS asked for the ability to implement the special rate increase. By statute, the USPS can only raise mailing prices in accordance with the rate of inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index. Any so-called “exigent” rate increase above that level requires the approval of the PRC.

The USPS made a similar “exigent” request in 2010 to increase rates an average of 5.6%, but the PRC rejected that request since the 5.6% proposed increase exceeded the rate of inflation. However, the PRC is reconsidering that ruling at the direction of a federal court.

  1. King Ralph
    January 20th, 2012 at 15:08 | #1

    The postal service should perform magic tricks in Vegas. Postal workers do the greatest disappearing act I have ever seen.

    January 16th, 2012 at 19:46 | #2

    I get “fat” letters every day from groups looking for donations, and the postage on those “fat” letters is 13¢ or less. Why not double that rate – and leave first class alone!

  3. RainyDay
    January 9th, 2012 at 16:04 | #3

    Before making comments like that, you should do a little research.  USPS and ALL US Govt. agencies have a COLA freeze.  USPS does not run on tax dollars, either, it is a company that runs completely on profits from its products and services.  If you don’t want to send a letter for the cheapest 1st class stamp price in the world, go to UPS or Fed Ex and pay 20 to 50 times that amount.

  4. 2desertrocks
    January 5th, 2012 at 08:13 | #4

    They need to cut their waste just like the rest of us. Stay within their budget!!  No one is helping me out!  No cost of living raise for me to help pay for any cost increases.  I wish my boss would give me a cost of living raise instead of cutting hours but he’s staying in business and I still have a job.  All companies, including government agencys need to reduce their budgets and stay within them.  If rates go up, find another way to pay for them just like the rest of us!!!!!

  5. Linux2216
    December 30th, 2011 at 16:55 | #5

    Get your lifetime supply of Forever stamps now!  As long as the USPS stays in business the Forever stamps will not only save money on future rate increases, but may prove to be a lucrative investment since you will probably be able to use them as cash for small interpersonal transactions.  I used to receive postage stamps in the mail if I overpaid for a mail order purchase and the vendor needed to make change.  

  6. November 2nd, 2011 at 09:37 | #6

    When you control the mail, you control INFORMATION! – Newman (Seinfeld) vrmailsource.weebly.com

  7. Cglass2602
    September 19th, 2011 at 12:50 | #7

    Although it seems the USPS is always asking for rate increases, if you stop and consider what you get for the price of a stamp its actually a pretty good return on your investment of 44 cents.Don’t get me wrong, I m no Postal advocate at all. In fact I have worked for them in the past and I would never return to their ranks. Additionally all these postal increases don’t go in the carriers pockets at all. They are lucky to get an increase every other year if then…so they can relate to the veterans plight (who by the way make up the lion’s share of the employees at the USPS). That old saying that goes you never know what you have until you loose it….one might stop and apply this to the USPS if their economic situation doesn’t improve !!  Just a thought………

  8. Whatfor
    September 7th, 2011 at 02:26 | #8

    All of old people who have paid into social security for 55 years haven’t received a cost of living increase in 3 years are struggling with inflation. You can always count on the USPS and congress getting theirs. The USPS should do what Carvin Marvin did and cut out the waste. As far as congress goes we should send them all home.   

  9. Karl C
    August 23rd, 2011 at 08:11 | #9

    Technically, the USPS is not a government agency…

  10. Shane
    August 19th, 2011 at 13:49 | #10

    Gee like in april i went from paying 1.39 for a 1st class package to now paying 1.75 for that same 1oz package :/ How much higher can we go?

  11. Blazistan
    August 17th, 2011 at 12:48 | #11

    An increase in price for servcices which are so unfavorable???  How dare they!!!

  12. Davegilpin
    August 15th, 2011 at 01:55 | #12

    NO COST OF LIVING for Veterans/Disabled Veterans as well as non Veterans, then no increase for NO FEDERAL GOVERMENT agencys including the USPS
    A Combat War Veteran, KY

  13. Peppy_longstockin2000
    August 8th, 2011 at 15:59 | #13

    With a rate increase does that mean the 2000 Post offices across the country wont be shut down??

  14. Tmalone7
    August 6th, 2011 at 07:51 | #14

    If the USPS woulden give them selves personal raises such as US Congress does, they woulden have this problem

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