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Principles for Postal Service Reform
Reforming the Service While Preservinga Beloved U.S. Institution
By Kristina Costa March 13, 2012
Te only way o reach Supai, Arizona (pop: 208), is o hike or helicoper eigh mileso he botom o he Grand Canyon. Te U.S. Posal Service delivers mail and supplieshere hree days a week—by mule.Our counry’s seepes canyon may be no mach or he American mail carrier, bu ourposal sysem does ace a gaping hrea rom a huge hole
o anoher kind: Aer several years o modes surpluses, he posal service los $25.4 billion beween 2007 and 2011,plunging $13 billion ino deb.Digging ou o ha nancial chasm will require congressional acion, and lawmakers areconsidering several reorm plans. As hey do, members o Congress should make every eor o preserve his criical and beloved American insiuion. Shoring up he posalservice’s nances or he Inerne Age is essenial, bu so are hese core principles:
Reorm eors should minimize harm o economically and socially vulnerable communiies ha depend on he mail, o oher governmen uncions harely on he posal service, and o he 574,000 Americans who coun on he posalservice or good, middle-class jobs.
Address the real problems.
Congress should ensure any legislaion o resolve heposal service’s nancial crisis acually addresses he major drivers o ha crisis, amonghem he congressional mandae ha he service preund 75 years’ worh o reireehealh benes over jus 10 years.
Refrain from additional burdensome mandates.
Congress should give he posalservice more exibiliy in is operaions, no less, and rerain rom applying addiional burdensome conrols on posal operaions.Tis issue brie examines he crisis acing he U.S. Posal Service in ligh o hese core prin-ciples. As will be demonsraed, i is possible o enac reorms ha resolve he posal ser- vice’s nancial crisis while minimizing negaive eecs in communiies across our counry.