It’s time for Congress to act before slow mail turns into no mail
Did you know that the price you pay for U.S. mail is about to increase, even as our nation still struggles under the weight of the COVID-19 pandemic? If you didn’t, you’re not alone. According to a national survey conducted this summer, 77 percent of the American public was not aware of the postage hike.
First-class mail and “forever stamps” are set to increase on Aug. 29 from 55 cents to 58 cents. Rates for most mail will rise by 7 percent, while charities and other nonprofits, magazines, newspapers and catalogs will face an even bigger postage increase of 8.8 percent.
Thanks to a recent Postal Regulatory Commission ruling giving the U.S. Postal Service more power to raise rates, these increases are three-to-four times inflation and follow yet another postage increase earlier this year.