this is not going to help the mail go any faster. yes and it is going to be effective may 14th. oh boy i just bought a roll of 100 of the 39 cents! ... so 7% hike will be about an additional 3 cents to the pot.
i wait in line an average of 15 minutes at the post office and sometimes when it is super busy 30 minutes and the paying booths are not full with postal worker taking your money. if they are going to put a hike on the stamps, they better hire more people and help move the line ... seriously you shouldn't have to wait more than 5 minutes to get your stuff mailed.
"The Postal Service has filed a rate case with the Postal Rate Commission (PRC) asking for a system-wide average rate increase of 8.5%. Standard mail rates would go up an average of 9%, while First-Class rates will rise an average 7.1%. This rate increase comes on the heels of a 5.4% increase in January 2006.
This is the first rate case the Postal Service has filed without reaching a negotiated settlement with mailers in more than five years. The full process of litigating this case before the PRC will likely take about ten months. It is expected that the new rates would take effect around May 2007."