Postal governors reject temporary rate reductions; DMA expresses disappointment

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New York—The U.S. Postal Service Governors announced Wednesday that they have rejected the temporary rate reductions for standard mail regular and nonprofit flat prices that were recommended by the Postal Regulatory Commission.

The latest postal rate increases were implemented on May 14. The Direct Marketing Association said it was disappointed by the governors’ decision, which it said would greatly impact mailers.

“After recognizing that the PRC’s original recommendations would have been detrimental to many of its commercial customers, the governors asked the PRC to reconsider,” said Jerry Cerasale, DMA’s senior VP-government affairs, in a statement. “And while DMA was not completely satisfied with the scope of the PRC’s revised recommendations and offered a practical and legal long-term solution in our June 4 comments to the USPS Board of Governors, we are even more unhappy … that the governors have made a ‘do-nothing’ decision that offers no help at all for their mailing customers.”

—Carol Krol

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