Gary Strauss usatoday.com First-class postage stamps could rise to 49 cents starting in 2014 under a Wednesday proposal by the cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service. The increase would raise about $2 billion in additional revenue a year. Under the plan, first-class mail postage would rise 3 cents, or 6.5%. Pricing for other mail, including postcards and packages, would also rise on Jan. 26. The Postal Service's governing board said the increases are needed due to the "precarious financial condition" of the Postal Service, which is under congressional mandate to fund billions in future retirement benefits of postal workers. usatoday.com
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