Postmaster says USPS may need emergency rate hike

September 19, 2013, 10:51 am
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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Postal Service may need an emergency rate increase to stay afloat.
    
That's according to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe, who's testifying before a Senate committee. Donahue says the agency's cash balance next month likely will cover only five days of its average daily expenses.
    
The panel is looking at a plan to fix the agency's finances, including ending Saturday delivery and changing the way retiree health care costs are calculated.
    
Without help from Congress, the agency expects its multibillion-dollar annual losses to worsen.
    
Media and marketing firms that depend on postal services say a broad rate hike could hurt their business.
    
The independent Postal Regulatory Commission must approve any emergency postal rate increase request.

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