The United States Postal Service is in dire straits. The New York Times reports that the Postal Service may have to shut down this winter without some kind of intervention by Congress:
NEW YORK TIMES: The United States Postal Service has long lived on the financial edge, but it has never been as close to the precipice as it is today: the agency is so low on cash that it will not be able to make a $5.5 billion payment due this month and may have to shut down entirely this winter unless Congress takes emergency action to stabilize its finances.
“Our situation is extremely serious,” the postmaster general, Patrick R. Donahoe, said in an interview. “If Congress doesn’t act, we will default.”
In recent weeks, Mr. Donahoe has been pushing a series of painful cost-cutting measures to erase the agency’s deficit, which will reach $9.2 billion this fiscal year. They include eliminating Saturday mail delivery, closing up to 3,700 postal locations and laying off 120,000 workers — nearly one-fifth of the agency’s work force — despite a no-layoffs clause in the unions’ contracts.
The post office’s problems stem from one hard reality: it is being squeezed on both revenue and costs. . . . Read More
Here is video of NBC News’ Brian Williams reporting that the United States Postal Service is proposing that the price for a first-class stamp be hiked 2 cents to 46 cents. This would be the seventh rate hike in 10 years if approved.