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May 12, 1998 | From Associated Press
Despite three years of billion-dollar mail profits, the independent Postal Rate Commission reluctantly agreed Monday to a post office request to raise the price of stamps by a penny. The increase could take place later this summer, although the commission urged that it be held off at least until January.
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BUSINESS
November 22, 2011 | David Lazarus
Richard Maher can't remember the last time he wrote a personal letter to anyone — and he works for the U.S. Postal Service. That's how bad things have gotten for the government agency that, in the age of email, Facebook and Twitter, not to mention FedEx and United Parcel Service, announced last week that it lost $5.1 billion in the last year. And the losses would have been more than double that amount — a record $10.6 billion — if Congress hadn't allowed the postal service to engage in a little creative bookkeeping and shift an outstanding $5.5-billion payment for retiree healthcare into the current fiscal year.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 2006
New postal rates go into effect today. First-class stamps increase 2 cents to 39 cents, postcards go up a penny to 24 cents and flat-rate priority mail rises from $3.85 to $4.05. The increase, the first since 2002, is needed to fulfill the requirement in a federal law passed in 2003 that the Postal Service establish a $3.1-billion escrow account, with use of the funds to be determined by Congress at a later date.
BUSINESS
May 8, 2009 | Ronald D. White
When most postal rates rise on Monday -- among other things, mailing a first-class domestic letter will cost 2 cents more -- Washington will be depending on businesses like PouchSmart Inc. of Santa Monica, which still considers the post office to be the best option for delivering its products. PouchSmart designs flexible pouch packaging with a resealable spout, such as a single-serve juice container. Its products can also be used in other applications, such as a squeezable applesauce pouch.
NEWS
October 2, 1987 | Associated Press
Postal rates rose Thursday by 50% for domestic mail and 25% for international mail, the government said.
NEWS
March 5, 1986
Postal rates for charities, newspapers, schools and libraries will increase Sunday for the second time this year under a new rate schedule approved by the Board of Governors of the Postal Service. The first-class rate was not changed. The rate increases, approved by an 8-0 vote, range from averages of 2% to 20% for particular types of nonprofit and newspaper mail. They are designed to make up for the $72-million difference between what Congress proposed and what it actually appropriated.
NEWS
March 29, 1988 | Associated Press
A federal judge refused Monday to stop Sunday's hike in postal rates, ruling he lacked jurisdiction to order the Postal Service to delay the increase for two months. The request for postponing the increase came from trade groups representing mail-order and direct-mail firms.
NEWS
January 7, 1999 | Associated Press
The cost of sending most letters will rise by a penny to 33 cents on Sunday despite a four-year run of strong profits by the Postal Service. Postal officials said the increase is needed because rising costs are eating into income. It will also cost more to mail newspapers, magazines and most packages, although the price of mailing heavier letters will fall. Sunday's increase had been expected to take effect last summer.
NEWS
August 1, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
China raised domestic mail rates by 150%--the first increase in four decades--and called it an "aid to national price reform." The Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications gave only a few hours' notice of the price changes, which became effective immediately. Postage for a local letter was raised to 2.1 cents from 0.85 cents and letters between cities went to 4.25 cents from 1.7 cents.
NEWS
September 7, 1985 | Associated Press
Rates for mailing church bulletins, charitable solicitations and certain newspapers will increase by up to 41% on Oct. 1, the Postal Service Board of Governors decided Friday. Free mail for the blind will be maintained. The rate increases were made necessary by legislation limiting the amount Congress was willing to spend to subsidize these mailings, officials said.
NATIONAL
February 11, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
The post office will get an extra 2 cents' worth when you mail a letter starting in May. The U.S. Postal Service announced that the price of a first-class stamp would increase to 44 cents on May 11. That leaves plenty of time to stock up on Forever Stamps, which will continue to sell at the current 42-cent rate until the increase occurs. Forever Stamps remain valid in the future regardless of rate hikes. "The Postal Service is not immune to rising costs which are affecting homes and businesses across America today," said Postmaster General John E. Potter.
BUSINESS
May 10, 2008 | David Colker, Times Staff Writer
Gas prices are skyrocketing, food is going through the roof. And to add insult to inflationary injury, it will soon cost more to pay your bills. On Monday, almost all postal rates will increase. "We're trying to send out as much as possible before it hits," said Albert Munez, 25, standing in line Thursday at the main post office in Pasadena. At his feet was a large rubber tub stuffed with packages containing vintage Porsche parts that his company sells.
NATIONAL
February 14, 2008 | Diane C. Lade, Sun-Sentinel
Consumers apparently still believe a penny saved is a penny earned, as many rushed this week to buy "forever stamps" that will help them avoid a pending one-cent rate hike in first-class postage. The U.S. Postal Service announced this week that the price of mailing a standard letter will rise from 41 cents to 42 cents beginning May 12.
BUSINESS
November 10, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
UPS said it would increase rates for ground, air express and international shipments that originate in the United States by an average 4.9%, effective Dec. 31. United Parcel Service Inc. said the increase for air express and international shipments is based on a 6.9% increase in the base rate, less a 2% reduction in the current fuel surcharge. The increases announced by the Atlanta company appear to be in line with those recently announced by Memphis, Tenn.-based FedEx Corp.
BUSINESS
May 6, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
People using flat-rate priority-mail boxes are getting a bit of a break. Mailing the boxes will cost $8.95, regardless of weight, when the new postal rates take effect May 14, the postal Board of Governors announced. The Postal Regulatory Commission had recommended an increase to $9.15 from the current $8.10 charge. The U.S. Postal Service asked the commission to reconsider and reduce the charge to less than $9, and the commission agreed to the lower rate.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 11, 2006 | Sara Lin, Times Staff Writer
Riverside County voters have some hefty issues to decide in the November election -- so many that voters will need an extra stamp when mailing their absentee ballots because the envelopes will be so heavy, elections officials said. The six ballot cards that voters will mark together weigh just over an ounce, requiring 63 cents postage to mail the ballot to the county registrar of voters.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 2006
New postal rates go into effect today. First-class stamps increase 2 cents to 39 cents, postcards go up a penny to 24 cents and flat-rate priority mail rises from $3.85 to $4.05. The increase, the first since 2002, is needed to fulfill the requirement in a federal law passed in 2003 that the Postal Service establish a $3.1-billion escrow account, with use of the funds to be determined by Congress at a later date.
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