The Association of Magazine Media

MPA - The Association of Magazine Media Reacts to PRC Exigency Announcement

December 24, 2013

New York, NY (December 24, 2013) – Mary G. Berner, President and CEO, MPA – The Association of Magazine Media – today issued the following statement after the Postal Regulatory Commission’s 2-1 vote to approve an “emergency” postage rate increase of approximately 6% – more than triple the rate of inflation:

“This is a counterproductive decision by the PRC and it does nothing to fix USPS’s systemic problems.  It will drive more customers away from using the Postal Service and will have ripple effects through our economy – hurting consumers, forcing layoffs, and impacting businesses. It doesn’t delay the inevitable but will hasten it.  Making this increase a “surcharge” is a small comfort to our members, who will have to start paying in late January.  The United States needs a healthy, sustainable Postal Service.  We will carefully review the PRC’s decision before deciding whether to appeal it in court.”                                                                

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Scott Hoeflich
RLM Finsbury