When President Trump’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2020 (beginning in October 2019) was released on Monday, we skimmed it to see if there was anything about rumored changes to the Postal Service that the Washington Post had reported on Sunday, but could find no specifics.
According to Monday’s New York Times article about the budget (via SFgate.com), “The administration also proposed about $100 billion in savings from unspecified reforms to the U.S. Postal Service and a similar amount from cuts to spending on federal employee pension plans.”
We’re not sure why the budget omitted details about the proposed postal savings. In last year’s budget, the President called for legislation to slash postal costs with detailed suggestions, including a reduced mail-delivery schedule, but Congress did not pass postal reform.
The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses, and reform must come from Congress. Not to mention the fact that Congress must approve the budget – there’s already talk of another possible government shutdown in October since passage seems unlikely. It’s unclear what changes the administration could make to show postal cost savings, but we’ll keep our eyes open for further details about the budget’s possible impact on USPS services.
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