The Association of Magazine Media

Postal

MPA, whose members send almost 90 percent of their magazines to readers via the U.S. Postal Service, has a long standing interest in maintaining an affordable and reliable postal system providing universal service throughout America for the foreseeable future. MPA members also rely heavily on the Postal Service to support subscriptions and to attract new subscribers. MPA was instrumental in passage of the Postal Accountability and Enforcement Act of 2006 which ensures that periodicals postal rates do not increase faster than inflation. MPA also firmly supports at every opportunity the special recognition and favorable rate treatment accorded to magazines and other periodicals throughout the history of the postal system. To ensure postal rates can be maintained at affordable levels in the future, MPA is actively engaged in supporting Postal Service and publisher efforts to increase postal efficiency and encourage the growth of comailing and other cost-saving measures, while maintaining good service performance.

In the ongoing “Ten Year Review” of postal pricing, the Postal Regulatory Commission is considering whether to retain, loosen, or eliminate the CPI cap on price increases for market-dominant products. Our three associations have urged the Commission to keep the price cap unchanged. The May 12...

These comments cover three issues:  (1) whether the current regulatory system strikes a reasonable balance between (a) the Postal Service’s revenue requirements, (b) the mailers’ need for protection from abuse of the Postal Service’s monopoly power, and (c)...

The Postal Service is a regulated monopoly.  For this reason, the law requires the Commission to regulate the prices charged by the Postal Service for its “market dominant” mail products (products that lack effective competition).  The rates set by the Commission must balance the financial needs...

(Washington, DC)-- On Monday, March 20, three mailer organizations representing all segments of the mailing community and all classes of mail urged the Postal Regulatory Commission to retain the inflation-capped pricing structure that has protected captive users of the Postal Service’s monopoly...

Some good news out of DC on the postal front. Yesterday, the U.S. Court of Appeals in D.C. dismissed the Postal Service’s latest appeal, effectively sustaining the Postal Regulatory Commission’s termination of the 4.3% “exigent” rate surcharge in April of this year. The Postal Service had...

As the President and CEO of MPA – The Association of Magazine Media, I’m writing to respond to the recent article on an alleged “subsidy” from the Federal Government to the magazine industry.

More than 90% of adults in America are avid magazine readers.  And we agree that magazines provide...

Today, MPA filed comments on a “Bipartisan Discussion Draft” of postal reform legislation released by House Oversight and Government Reform (OGR) Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), Ranking Democrat Elijah Cummings (D-MD), and Representatives Mark Meadows (R-NC), Gerry Connolly (D-VA) and...

The long-awaited and much-anticipated postal exigency surcharge rollback is here! At 12:01 AM Sunday, the Postal Service removed the 4.3 percent exigent rate surcharge implemented in January 2014 for market dominant mail classes, including Periodicals. This rollback will save publishers more than...
MPA today released a letter in opposition to the “iPost” bill saying, “[MPA opposes] barriers in S. 2051 to cost-control measures, including multi-year moratoria on plant and post office consolidations and closings.” The “iPost” legislation, Senate Bill 2051, introduced last September by Senator...
Leading organizations in the mailing industry today released a letter in opposition to the “iPost” bill saying, “A solution to the Postal Service’s financial challenges that forestalls network rationalizing cost-savings measures is not a long-lasing solution at all.” The “iPost” legislation,...
Frustrated with a reticence among House leadership to consider the comprehensive postal reform legislation his committee reported in 2013, Congressman Darrell Issa continues to try to find a way forward on postal reform.
Also happening on the postal front is “reform” legislation in the Senate. After several unsuccessful tries in the last quarter of 2013, on January 29th Senator Tom Carper (D-DE), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, convened a “markup” of the postal...
Late on Christmas Eve, the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) announced its partial approval of the United States Postal Service’s (USPS) request for an “exigent” (a rate increase in excess of the law’s CPI price cap) rate increase...
On July 17, The House of Representatives Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a hearing entitled, “A Path Forward on Postal Reform”. Testifying on behalf of MPA and the rest of the mailing industry was Joel Quadracci, Chairman, President and CEO of Quad Graphics, one of the largest...

April 11, 2013


In response to recent USPS developments regarding five-day delivery and a potential exigent rate increase, MPA has prepared the following statements:
 

MPA Statement Regarding USPS Delay of Five Day Delivery Implementation

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Two months after the Postal Service’s surprise announcement on February 6 that non-package mail would only be delivered five days a week starting on August 5, the Governors of the Postal Service on April 10 announced an indefinite delay of five-day delivery. Concluding that Congress had prohibited...
Despite years of declarations that a move to five-day delivery required congressional action, the United States Postal Service (USPS), on February 6th, announced its intent to eliminate Saturday delivery of mail beginning August 5, 2013 – with or without congressional action...
Statement from Mary Berner, President & CEO, MPA on USPS Decision to Halt Saturday Mail Delivery (with the exception of packages)
After nearly two years of speeches, debates, and politicking – and the expenditure of enormous amounts of campaign cash – a closely and hotly contested campaign season concluded with President Barack Obama winning re-election on November 6. Adding to the drama of election night were the outcomes...
On September 28, the Postal Regulatory Commission released their long awaited Advisory Opinion on the Postal Service’s Mail Processing Network Rationalization plan. Initial Postal Service estimates for net savings as a result of this plan were $2.1 billion, and were later revised to $1.6 billion....
After announcing losses of $11.6 billion for the first three quarters of their fiscal year in August, just a month later, the Postal Service hit its $15 billion Treasury borrowing limit. In order to continue funding operations after reaching this limit, the USPS defaulted on yet another retiree...
Yesterday, the Postal Service filed its notice of rate adjustment announcing the postage rates that will go into effect on January 27, 2013.
Despite unfinished work and deadlines fast approaching, Congress has left town for the traditional August recess. When they return on September 10th, the Senate and the House will have only a few short weeks to try and complete the business left unfinished before recessing again and hitting the...

The Postal Service recently reported a loss of $5.2 billion in the 3rd quarter, bringing the year-to-date loss to $11.6 billion. In an effort to conserve cash, USPS recently defaulted on a scheduled $5.5 billion retiree health benefit liability payment. The Postal Service has also stated it...

S. 1789, the bi-partisan postal reform bill crafted and supported by Senators Susan Collins, Tom Carper, Joe Lieberman, and Scott Brown, and approved by the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee in November, 2011, almost made it to the Senate floor in late March before Congress...

The Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee held a meeting today about the escalating postal crisis. Ellen Levine, Editorial Director of Hearst Magazines, testified on behalf of the magazine industry. MPA has her complete testimony here.

Today’s bipartisan agreement by Senate leaders on postal reform legislation is a critically important step on the road to restoring the nation’s postal system to solvency – and preserving the kind of dependable and affordable mail service upon which commerce and communications in the United...

The Postal Regulatory Commission issued their decision on the remanded exigency case. MPA commends the PRC on their thoughtful consideration of the case, and for finding that the USPS did not show a strong causal link between the exigent circumstance and the proposed rate increase.

The decision, while not a complete win for the Postal Regulatory Commission (“PRC”), did find for the PRC on the central issue of the case: the need for an exigent rate increase to be causally related to an exigent circumstance, here the recession of 2007-2009.

Many of you have read recent press reports about the worsening financial health of the U.S. Postal Service. You also know that MPA is actively engaged with the USPS in trying to bring their costs, particularly for Periodicals, under control. Here is a brief overview of the current situation.

MPA – The Association of Magazine Media – today commended Chairman Darrell Issa for his efforts to craft legislation to tackle the structural problems facing the Postal Service and to put it on the road to long-term stability and viability.  While MPA does not agree with every provision in the...

Late last week, the Postal Regulatory Commission and the Postal Service released their much-delayed joint study of Periodicals costs that was mandated by the 2006 postal reform act.

The report presents two main findings. First, despite questions about the accuracy of Periodicals costs...

The Alliance has issued a statement in rebuttal to the Postal Service’s core argument for raising rates.

A guide to current postal reform legislation.

Established in August as part of the debt ceiling negotiations, the budget “Supercommittee” was tasked with reducing the deficit by $1.2-$1.5 trillion through budget cuts or new revenue sources by November 23rd. To guide the supercommittee’s deliberations, President Obama submitted a $3 trillion...
At the end of a year that saw postal concerns multiply and media coverage of the Postal Service’s financial woes reach a fevered pitch, publishers got much needed relief in two key areas – rates and service – at the year’s close.

The Association of Magazine Media, in conjunction with the Direct Marketing Association, the Association for Postal Commerce and the Alliance of Nonprofit Mailers sent an open letter to Postmaster General Pat Donahoe, urging the Postmaster General to once and for all withdraw its request for a $...

On October 21, 2011, MPA-The Association of Magazine Media submitted comments in response to the USPS Proposal to Revise Service Standards for First-Class Mail, Periodicals, and Standard Mail as published in the September 21, 2011 Federal Register.

On Thursday, October 13, 2011, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held a markup to address amendments offered by Representative Dennis Ross (R-FL) - Chairman of the Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service and Labor Policy - to Chairman Issa and Ross’s proposed...

While most of the attention-grabbing headlines about the Postal Service’s financial crisis are focused on the Service’s fragile future finances, the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) and mailing industry associations, including MPA, have also been looking backward, trying to bring the 2010...
As promised when the Postal Service filed for a 1.7% CPI-capped rate increase on January 13, the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) expedited its deliberations, and on February 16 issued an order largely approving the new rates for market dominant products.
While awaiting the outcome of the Postal Service’s appeal of its loss in the exigency case, on January 13, the Postal Service filed for a 1.7% CPI-capped rate increase, to be implemented on April 17, 2011.

The Affordable Mail Alliance, a coalition of businesses that includes MPA,filed comments urging the Postal Regulatory Commission to help rein in the USPS's excessive costs by denying the proposed rate hike.

The Affordable Mail Alliance – a growing coalition of nearly 1,000 members including MPA – submitted further comments to the Postal Regulatory Commission about the USPS's latest report on its finances.

Just Say No to Sacks. The Postal Service is providing more alternatives to sacks than ever.

On July 15, postage rates for magazine publishers will increase by an average of 11.7 percent. The upcoming postage increase is the result of the recently concluded postal rate case the first fully-litigated case since 2000.

With implementation of the Postal Accountability and Enforcement Act in December 2006, postal ratesetting for most classes of mail, including periodicals, entered a new era.  Under the new law, rates for each class of mail in the market dominant category, may not go up more than inflation each...

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