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A Better Way to Save the Postal Service Money

WWNY - Watertown

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Watertown, Apr 15, 2012 | Sean Magers (202-225-4611) | comments
Right now, the US Postal Service faces a $9 billion dollar budget deficit. To close that gap, USPS management and congressional subcommittees are calling for the elimination of rural post offices and cutting six days of mail service to five. But North Country Congressman Bill Owens (D-23rd District) says that plan just won't work. "It's a maximum one percent of the postal budget, so this would virtually have no impact on the Post Offices' bringing itself into a profitable position," Owens said.
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Right now, the US Postal Service faces a $9 billion dollar budget deficit. To close that gap, USPS management and congressional subcommittees are calling for the elimination of rural post offices and cutting six days of mail service to five. 

But North Country Congressman Bill Owens (D-23rd District) says that plan just won't work.

"It's a maximum one percent of the postal budget, so this would virtually have no impact on the Post Offices' bringing itself into a profitable position," Owens said.

That's what Owens, along with 101 of his colleagues in Congress, said in a letter to House leaders. It isn't rural post offices or an extra day of mail that's causing the Postal Service's woes.  It's a requirement in the 2006 Postal  Accountability and Enhancement Act. 

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