Archive for January 30th, 2014

Issa criticizes USPS rate increases, lack of reforms

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“This week, the postal service’s unprecedented, above-inflation rate hike goes into effect,” Issa said. “At the same time, the postal service just recently disclosed that it once again has decided to delay necessary cost-cutting reforms already in motion to appease the avowed opponents of postal reform. Relying solely on rate increases will not save the postal service from insolvency.”

USPS flagged a number of redundant facilities in 2011 for closure and consolidation in an effort to increase operational efficiencies but recently announced plans to postpone a final decision.

via Issa criticizes USPS rate increases, lack of reforms – Ripon Advance.

You know times are tough when something Rep. Issa is quoted as saying makes total sense…we don’t usually agree on much, but we do on this one…

Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 30th, 2014 at 11:20 pm

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Senators Rethink Rate Clause in Postal Bill

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Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) was unsuccessful in getting Section 301 stricken from the Postal Reform Act of 2014 (PRA) in a Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee markup session on January 29, but she may have succeeded in substantially altering it.

The offending-to-mailers rate setting clause put in the bill by authors Tom Carper (D-DE) and Tom Coburn (R-OK) would install the 4.3% exigent increase as the rate baseline going forward and increase the annual rate cap to CPI plus 1%. Additionally, it would strip the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) of its power to approve or deny rate increases and essentially hand a rubber stamp for price increases to the U. S. Postal Service.

Eager to win bipartisan support for the bill, Carper asked Baldwin if she’d compromise on a Section 301 that returned the cap to CPI alone, minus the additional 1%. But Baldwin stuck to her guns. “I’ve been offering compromise language for months, until last week, and it’s been rejected every time. This amendment is also about governance. I have very strong concerns about the monopolistic aspects of the postal service and the postal service regulating itself,” said Baldwin, who asked for a roll call vote on her amendment.

via Senators Rethink Rate Clause in Postal Bill – Direct Marketing News.

BaldBaldwin holds the line for mailers

Thank you, Senator Baldwin.  You go, girl!

Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 30th, 2014 at 11:13 pm

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Increased quantity of post-holiday mail blamed for late delivery

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Increased quantity of post-holiday mail blamed for late delivery | Ruralinfo Postal News.

…Let’s hope the USPS doesn’t ask to load level post holiday influx by cancelling holidays completely…

Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 30th, 2014 at 11:05 pm

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