Wednesday, August 17, 2011

USPS Will Not Seek Exigent Rate Increase

The U.S. Postal Service will not seek an "exigent" (higher-than-inflation) rate increase this year, Postmaster General Pat Donahoe told the Mailers Technical Advisory Committee today.

USPS asked the Postal Regulatory Commission last month for special permission to raise most postal rates by more than 4%, in addition to the usual rate increases that are capped by changes in the Consumer Price Index.That proposal came in a court-ordered reconsideration of the financially strapped Postal Service's request for rate hikes to help it overcome the effects of the recession.

But Donahoe told the mailers group today that USPS would pursue that case only to get the PRC to clarify its position on when such exigent rate increases are allowed.

It will, however, implement CPI-capped rate increases in January, he said. Based on current inflation numbers, those increases will probably be a bit above 2%.


Anonymous said...

Donahoe is grasping at straws. He can't pull dumb ideas out of his hat any quicker to manipulate Congress. This man should be fired, he is out of control. We need someone who can make solid decisions before this nut job ruins our postal service. Read a website called and see what an idiot Donahoe is. He is so out of touch, it's pathetic. We have to stop him.

Anonymous said...

Would be nice if UPS would follow suit. They raise rates 6% EVERY year.