Postmaster general: Get used to ‘uncomfortable’ rate hikes

Americans should get used to “uncomfortable” postage rate increases in coming years as the U.S. Postal Service seeks to become self-sufficient, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy said Thursday.

The Postal Service Board of Governors sets postage rates, but DeJoy said he’ll advocate for raising prices until “we have accomplished our objective of projecting a trajectory that shows us being self-sustaining.”

“I believe we have been severely damaged by at least 10 years of a defective pricing model which cannot be satisfied by one or two annual price increases, especially in this inflationary environment,” he added.

DeJoy made the remarks at a Board of Governors meeting in which the Postal Service reported a loss of about $1.7 billion for the latest quarter.

A sweeping overhaul meant to shore up the Postal Service’s financial future will be reflected in the next quarter’s results. The long-delayed law also ensures six-day-a-week mail delivery.

The bill was signed by President Joe Biden on the same day the Postal Service announced plans for the latest rate increase.

If the increase wins final approval from the Postal Regulatory Commission, then the cost of a first-class “forever” stamp will grow by 2 cents, to 60 cents, effective July 10.

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5 thoughts on “Postmaster general: Get used to ‘uncomfortable’ rate hikes

  1. Postal rates will be reasonable only if Congress does not force the post office to low ball all the trash mail. For years Congress gave advertisers special low rates and has told the post office to suck it up.

  2. I recieved a letter yesterday from a not-for profit that had stamps costing 5 cents. If they pay less than 1/10 of the cost to mail a normal letter, then this is where I would start. Plus, I hate all the junk mail.

  3. There’s no requirement that any government entity or service be “self-sustaining.” In fact, most aren’t. I think charging for postal services is completely appropriate, but it’s okay for the postal system to take “a loss,” like our national park system, military, environmental protection agency, NASA, etc., because they all contribute to the greater good.

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