Messer supports Post Office reforms as five day delivery looms

By Rick Yencer

MUNCIE, IN - Judging from Congressman Luke Messer, the U.S. Postal Service will have to reform itself from going billions of dollars in debt by providing five day delivery service.

 "Every American understands the Post Office cannot continue to do business the same old way and simply raise the price of stamps every six months," said Messer, a former state lawmaker and leader of the freshman class of Republican congressmen.

 Messer likened the USPS plan to go to five day delivery and end Saturday delivery to recent reforms former Gov. Mitch Daniels imposed for the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles. Although difficult, those reforms reduced cost and improved service, he said.

 "Postal officials are best suited to determine what reforms make the most sense, but I support the need to reform," said Messer, who was on the House floor Wednesday making President Barack Obama to estimate the cost per taxpayer expense of the federal deficit.

 That amendment proposed by Messer passed the House as Republicans began waving the money stick requiring the president to balance the budget.

 But there were few congressman rushing to help the postal service that has seen billions in loses from government-mandated funding of pension and health cares with that government subsidy. Congress still has a say in postal operations and mandated the six day delivery more than 30 years ago.

 U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-IN did say whose of age and businesses would be greatly impacted by no more Saturday mail. And he pointed the finger to ideological politicians in Congress that would not consider long term solutions to the postal service debt.

 Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe announced the plan, saying that packages and mail would still be delivered to post offices on Saturday, but not to businesses and homes. While mail use is down, packages are up as the USPS competes with Fed Ex, UPS and other private shippers,

 Members of the Central Indiana Labor Council lamented the decline of postal service along with the loss of jobs by union-represented postal workers. Thousands of part time workers would be out of a job and other permanent jobs could be lost. None of the local postal union representatives were at Wednesday's meeting.

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