By now you’ve heard all about the pending rate increase. If the Postal Regulatory Commission allows this rate case to happen (which by the way is over 10 times the amount allowed by law), I predict you will see a major slide in mail volume and a major slide in the economy. To date, I don’t believe that Congress has made this connection.
If you go to the Affordable Mail Alliance website, you’ll see a list of those supporting an end to this madness. Take a look at the “Value Chain” and understand how your business–and even your town–will be affected. Paper manufacturers, printers, ad agencies, mailing companies, high tech, and the list goes on will all suffer from the lack of mail. The USPS should be improving its business model and reducing costs, not increasing rates that will ultimately cause a decrease in mail.
Senator Susan Collins of Maine has spoken out and gone on record that this rate hike is not within the guidelines governing the USPS. Her formal statement can be found here.
Call the Postal Regulatory Commission: tell them to reject unfair rate hikes: 202-789-6800.