US Postal Service announces significantly higher postal rates
WASHINGTON, May 28, 2021 (National Newspaper Association) – The United States Postal Service today announced a planned postal rate adjustment effective August 29, 2021 for public and commercial mail users. For community newspapers using periodical mail to reach their readers, the average rate increase will be almost 9%. The first class stamp will be reduced from 55 to 58 cents.
The rate hike is part of a new USPS business plan that also includes lower service standards for mail that travels across the country.
The new proposed tariffs must be examined by the Postal Regulatory Commission. But the PRC has already granted USPS the power to remove an inflation-based price cap. He gave the USPS a new set of parameters that allows it to charge more for mail that remains in the postal system while digital technology offers new competition for message delivery and advertising.
Brett Wesner, president of the National Newspaper Association and president of Wesner Publications, Cordell, Oklahoma, said the tariff announcement was grim news for community newspapers which received months of complaints that subscribers were not receiving their copies on time.
“Nothing in this scenario is good,” Wesner said. “These increases will force many newspapers to increase subscription prices to cover this new cost, and readers will think we’ve lost the reason to charge more when USPS cannot deliver the newspaper to so many people on time. But times are tough in our world. We have to pay these bills.
“The increase in the price of stamps will be most noticeable in a rural economy. People in small towns in America send checks in the mail to pay their bills. The stamp goes up and the delivery decreases. I’m concerned that just as economic hopes have started to rise for people returning to work, confidence in the postal service’s ability to serve the nation will dampen business activity for many of us.
“At the same time,” said Wesner, “we have been warning our member newspapers for several years now that if Congress did not enact postal reform legislation, we would end up exactly where we are today. This is not the recipe for success. “
Wesner said the NNA continued to support postal reform legislation and approved the Postal Service Reform Bill of 2021, presented by Representatives Carolyn Maloney, D-New York, and James Comer, R-Kentucky. .