From Cincinnati to Cleveland, and everywhere in between, the Postal Service is an integral part of Ohio’s economy. Consumers and small businesses alike rely on the Postal Service’s extensive delivery network for important news, needed packages, and personal mail. Most Ohioans know that the U.S. Postal Service is in trouble and they probably have an opinion on what needs to be done. As someone who relies on a strong and vibrant service, I believe we can and should reform the Postal Service, but we shouldn’t cut essential services like Saturday delivery nor raise rates to do it.
There are two bills moving through Congress now, one in the House and one in the Senate, that are designed to reform the Postal Service. While the movement is good, both these bills take the unfortunate position that we need to cut critical services. That simply isn’t the case.
This past summer, the Greeting Card Association (GCA) released a report that lays out more than 100 different proposals that could help fix the budget deficit without resorting to things like ending Saturday delivery or raising the price of stamps. This is an important addition to the overall debate because, for too long, the singular focus on the elimination of six-day delivery has led Congress to ignore a host of other options. The reality is that cutting essential services such as Saturday delivery is not necessary to fix the Postal Service’s budget deficit.
Cutting these services would not only do very little to fix the root causes of the deficit, it would make the problem much worse by driving even more postal volume to other service providers. Such cuts would also abandon its mission of universal service, hurting individuals and small businesses like mine.