The cost to mail a first class letter increased to 49 effective Jan 22, 2017. You knew that. Right?

I mentioned it before, but these rate changes hardly warrant any coverage in the media. These changes were broadcast to the public weeks or months in advance. As the impending date loomed, news reporters advised the public to get to the post office and buy whatever low denomination stamps they needed to make the new rate, before the local post offices ran out of the low denomination make up stamps.

The USPS must conclude that almost everyone is using the Forever stamp. Therefore, there is no need to notify the public about any rate changes. People will use their Forever stamps like always. The next time they stop at the post office to buy a booklet of stamps, the price will be a few cents more than last time. Not that many people would even notice.