The Governors of the U.S. Postal Service voted Nov. 14, 2005, to accept the Postal Rate Commission's recommendation to increase most rates and fees by approximately 5.4 percent.

This price increase - the first since 2002 - is needed to fulfill a federal law passed in 2003 that requires the Postal Service to place $3.1 billion in an escrow account by Oct. 1, 2006. Among the adjustments, first-class mail will increase from 37 cents to 39 cents, and the postcard rate will increase by one cent, to 24 cents.

The increases started Jan. 8.

The rate for international mail went up 5.9 percent.

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