Postal Reform Blog
Postal Reform Act Is Not A Conservative SolutionHolly Sadler, American Commitment on March 30, 2017
Last week, despite opposition from numerous free-market and conservative groups, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee voted to pass the Postal Reform Act of 2017 (H.R. 756) out of committee. This is a committee with eight conservative Freedom Caucus members on it, yet this is not a conservative bill. We’ve written before about why H.R. 756 is not a conservative solution and does not provide the necessary reforms to fix the USPS’s numerous problems. Our concerns remain the same. Before this legislation comes to a vote on the House floor, we would urge representatives - particularly Freedom Caucus Chairman Meadows and his fellow committee members - to think carefully. Postal reform sounds great – sure. But this bill does little to address the underlying causes of the postal service’s problems and, in many cases, will make matters worse.
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TPA Submits Comments to the Postal Regulatory Commission on the Statutory Review of Rate Regulationon March 20, 2017
Today, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance submitted the following comments to the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) associated with the Commission’s statutory review of the system for regulating rates and classes for market dominant products ten years after the enactment of the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006 (PAEA).
Pursuant to Commission Order No. 3673, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) hereby submits the following comments associated with the Commission’s statutory review of the system for regulating rates and classes for market dominant products ten years after the enactment of the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006 (PAEA). In light of the Commission’s charge to review the efficacy of the PAEA and the ability of the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to meet identified objectives used to guide its operations, TPA seeks to emphasize numerous facets where the agency has continued to display greatly unsatisfactory performance. Based on the inability to meet the objectives described below, our organization compels the Commission to propose impactful and enduring systemic modifications.
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TPA Submits Comments to the Postal Regulatory Commission on the 2016 Annual Compliance ReportMichi Iljazi on February 13, 2017
Today, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance submitted the following comments to the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) in response to the 2016 Annual Compliance Report:
The Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) requests to submit the following reply comments to the Postal Regulatory Commission upon considering the materials submitted by the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) (notably, the Annual Compliance Report for Fiscal Year 2016), and comments initially submitted by other organizations. Primarily, TPA seeks to reemphasize concerns highlighted in the comments submitted by the Association for Postal Commerce (PostCom). Several of the issues raised about suitable business practices by PostCom and also in comments previously shared by TPA for the compliance review docket in 2015 and 2014, have been long-standing and the Commission should more closely scrutinize such matters and take action to resolve them.
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ATR Leads Coalition Urging Opposition to Latest "Postal Reform" BillMichi Iljazi on February 09, 2017
This week, the more than 20 groups signed a coalition letter authored by Americans for Tax Reform opposing H.R. 756, the “Postal Service Reform Act of 2017” introduced by House Government Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), and the Committee’s Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-Md.). The bill does nothing to address the real financial and structural management problems that the United States Posal Service (USPS) faces, and instead doubles down on the ineffective and costly way that the Postal Service has driven their agency in for some time.
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TPA Sends Letter on USPS Reform to House Committee on Oversight and Government Reformon February 06, 2017
TPA sent the following letter to the House Committee on Oersight and Govenrment Reform:
The Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA), representing the millions of Americans across the country who embrace a sensible and fiscally responsible federal government, call on Congress to ensure that new efforts in reforming the U.S Postal Service (USPS) are executed in a sound and constructive manner for all who use and are impacted by the USPS. The USPS posted a $5 billion loss last year. This was on top of the tens of billions of dollars worth of losses over the last decade. For years, meaningful Postal Reform efforts have been continuously discarded in favor of cursory and timid legislative attempts that were intended to appeal to a much more divided Congress. Looking ahead, like-minded leaders now enjoy a prime opportunity to advance noteworthy changes to the agency that has been consistently plagued by mismanagement while struggling mightily to deliver value to the people it was meant to serve. Coalescing the following principals within the next Postal Reform legislation will not only prove to be navigable politically, but will also provide the ideal changes to put the agency on a long-term sustainable path.
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Postal Service Should Not Be Left Out of Swamp DrainingBrian McNicoll, Townhall on January 31, 2017
Donald Trump can’t run his own businesses while he’s president, but it would be helpful if he applied his management skills to some of the government’s businesses. The Postal Service just wrapped up another dismal financial year, losing $5.1 billion. The bright side, it says, is revenues were up somewhat, and losses actually decreased from the $5.8 billion reported in the previous fiscal year. To continue this trend, the Postal Service has done what no business would do – announced a price increase on what is now its most-profitable product to increase investment in unprofitable lines. Prices will go up a penny on single-piece letters and cards, on which revenue covered 175 percent of expenses, and presorted letters and cards, on which revenue covered 363 percent of expenses.
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