Postal Service To Appeal Decision Rejecting Rate Hike; MPA Responds
Editor's Note: The Postal Service announced today it will appeal last month's decision of the Postal Regulatory Commission not to allow an exigent rate increase. The USPS is asking the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington to review the decision rejecting January rate hikes averaging 5.6 percent—far higher for periodicals—in an effort to close an estimated budget gap of more than $7 billion by 2011.
Following is a statement from the MPA-The Association of Magazine Media:
New York, NY (October 22, 2010) — MPA-The Association of Magazine Media expresses disappointment with the decision of the Postal Service to appeal the September 30th ruling of the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) rejecting their exigent rate request. MPA and the Affordable Mail Alliance (AMA)—an unprecedented coalition of 1,200 postal customers—had forcefully opposed the rate increase before the PRC.
Nina Link, President & CEO of MPA, has stated, "The unanimous decision of the PRC was a clear signal that the Postal Service's proposed rate hike was an unlawful attempt to shatter the price cap. We hope the Court of Appeals recognizes and respects the extensive and carefully considered decision of the Commissioners, and rejects this attempt to overturn the decision."
MPA, in conjunction with the AMA, will immediately begin to assess all available legal options for intervening in the Court of Appeals proceeding to defend the PRC's decision.