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Postal Service Expected to Cut Saturday Mail Delivery

Struggling USPS expected to unveil plan Wednesday aimed at saving billions.

The United States Postal Service may soon stop delivering mail on Saturdays in an attempt to save roughly $2 billion per year.
The United States Postal Service may soon stop delivering mail on Saturdays in an attempt to save roughly $2 billion per year.
Story by Tara Conry

The United States Postal Service may soon stop delivering mail on Saturdays in an attempt to save roughly $2 billion per year.

The struggling USPS is expected to unveil a plan Wednesday that includes reducing mail delivery to five days a week, Monday to Friday, according to CNN Money.

The change would go into effect Aug. 1 and only impact first-class mail. Packages, mail-order medicines, priority and express mail would still get delivered on Saturdays, according to CBS News.

Post offices would still remain open on Saturdays, reports the Huffington Post.

Although the Postal Service "receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations," as stated on its website, it is governed by Congress, and had been hoping members would pass legislation to help lessen its financial burdens.

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"It's unclear at the moment how the Postal Service has the authority to quit delivering letters on Saturdays. Previously, they've said they need Congress to change current law to do so," reports CNN Money.

Two CNN sources confirmed the plan to stop Saturday delivery of letters and other first class mail starting Aug. 1. Packages would still be delivered on Saturdays. More details about the plan should be revealed later this morning when the Board of Governors of the U.S. Postal Service meets in open session at Postal Service headquarters in Washington, DC. Following the meeting, Postmaster General and CEO Patrick Donahoe and Chief Financial Officer Joe Corbett will host a telephone/web conference call at 11:30 a.m. to discuss the financial results in more detail.

Various news reports say the Postal Service needs tens of billions of dollars to be saved. In July 2011, the Postal Service announced the closure of 3,600 post offices across the country in an effort to save money. (Its location in Garden City was not affected).

Last month, it also increased stamp prices, from 45 cents to 46 cents, to mail one-ounce letters.

Would you miss having Saturday mail delivery? Let us know in the comments.
kent penney February 07, 2013 at 05:10 AM
It reminds me of this article I read last year - classic: http://bastiat.mises.org/2012/03/private-vs-public-barbershop/
kent penney February 07, 2013 at 05:19 AM
Also, I say a brand new BMW M6 driving home the other day. It had police plates on it. WTF? Are they making that much money they can afford >100k cars? Some in public service say I am jealous and I should apply for a civil service job. Umm, not so much. I think its criminal actually and ALL public unions should be disbanded. Even the liberal FDR agreed. But it was the uber-political JFK who gave the nod to public unions if an efffort to gain political power. What a sham.
kent penney February 07, 2013 at 05:21 AM
ok, maybe too much coffee this am ;)
Tony February 07, 2013 at 01:58 PM
Every company has to do what they have to in order to save money but not having Saturday mail will hurt some people. Most might not care since the PO has been basically delivering junk mail on Saturdays and a few regular pieces but it's people like me that those few regular pieces are very important. Checks that don't get delivered until late Friday, now won't get delivered until even later on Monday which means they won't get deposited until Tuesday. You may say big deal, just get it direct deposited and the problem is solved. Well, I'm out of state and there's a decent sized check I get regularly from a company that refuses to do direct deposit. A check that I depend on. There are a lot of people out there in my situation. Fortunately, they actually do need Congressional approval to do this so maybe the geniuses in Congress can come up with a better solution though I'm not holding my breath as they can't seem to solve anything.
Neil Metz February 11, 2013 at 12:22 PM
So you don't get mail on Saturday BFD.

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