Postal Service cutback to help or harm Montana?

A regional Postal Service spokesman seems to think it’s a good thing.
One of Montana’s U-S Senators isn’t convinced.
As you’ve probably heard, the USPS will stop delivering mail on Saturdays, but continue to disburse packages 6 days a week. That move is expected to begin the week of August 5th and could save the financially beleaguered Postal Service about 2-billion-dollars annually. Regional spokesman Pete Nowacki says the move accentuates one of the Postal Service’s bright-spots: package deliveries. In short, he says people want – and need – their stuff:

Here’s the argument laid out by the USPS.

And this is Tester’s press release:

Senator Jon Tester today criticized the U.S. Postal Service’s proposal to cut six-day mail delivery.  Under the plan, the Postal Service will continue delivering packages six days a week, but stop regular mail delivery on Saturdays:

“This is an irresponsible change proposed by Postal Service executives that refuse to share in the sacrifice they are demanding of everyday Montanans.  Six-day mail delivery lets folks run their businesses and get everyday necessities, and this decision will further slow down mail delivery in Montana and hurt Montana businesses.  I will keep fighting to pass strong, bipartisan postal reform that preserves efficient mail delivery and holds Postal Service executives accountable.”

Tester backed a bipartisan Senate plan last year that gave the Postal Service the flexibility it needs to restructure while protecting postal service in rural states like Montana, but the House of Representatives refused to vote on the plan.  Tester also amended the bill to cut Postal Service executives’ pay and deny bonuses. Tester, a member of the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, also announced that the Committee will hold a hearing on the future of the U.S. Postal Service on February 13. The Postal Service is struggling financially in part due to the 2006 law – enacted before Tester was a member of the Senate – that requires the Postal Service to prepay retirement benefits of postal employees at a rate higher than necessary.