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WASHINGTON — Massive deficits could force the post office to cut out one day of mail delivery per week, the postmaster general told Congress today.
Postmaster General John E. Potter asked lawmakers to lift the requirement that the agency deliver mail six days a week.
Faced with dwindling mail volume and rising costs, the post office was $2.8 billion in the red last year and, “if current trends continue, we could experience a net loss of $6 billion or more this fiscal year,” Potter said in testimony for a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee.
Originally posted by jerico65
It's not "junk mail". It's "Bulk business mail" and it's actually the bread and butter of the Post Office.
I wouldn't complain if they cut a day. They actually have been talking about doing that for years.
Originally posted by burdman30ott6
Instead of outright banning junk mail and instead of yet more increases in general postage stamp prices, I think the time has come for the USPS to change the way they handle bulk mailings. Instead of providing discounts on postage rates for bulk mail, they need to bring the rates up to the same as they are for the rest of us. How quickly would we see both an increased profit margin for the USPS (Magazines & such would just tack a small additional charge to subscription prices) plus less overall junk mail (since I doubt the marginally profitable companies which send junk mail would continue to do so when it starts costing them 2 or 3 times as much... bye-bye Publisher's Clearinghouse crap!)