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Lawmaker wants USPS revenue study made public

A Virginia congressman is asking the Postal Regulatory Commission to release a study that reveals the impact of mail service cuts and downsizing efforts on U.S. Postal Service revenue.

A Virginia congressman is asking the Postal Regulatory Commission to release a study that reveals the impact of mail service cuts and downsizing efforts on U.S. Postal Service revenue.

Rep. Gerry Connolly (D) filed the motion on March 13, noting that USPS has asked the PRC “to keep the study secret.” The motion argues that making that information public is particularly relevant in light of USPS plans to close facilities and legislation pending in Congress to restructure the Postal Service.

“It has come to my attention that the Postal Service doesn’t want the public to see the results of this study,” Connolly said in a statement. “In a competitive marketplace, you lose customers and revenue when you raise prices and reduce services. That simple fact has been missing from the debate.”

According to a release from Connolly’s office, the study “quantified the impact on revenue of reducing mail service from six to five days, eliminating next-day mail service, closing mail processing facilities, and closing thousands of Post Offices,” and may also have examined the effect of stamp price increases.

“It is fundamentally dishonest to tout the cost-saving impacts of your proposals, while ignoring the reality that those same proposals could lead to self-reinforcing declines in revenue,” Connolly stated. “This report should be made public so we can all see the complete picture and make informed decisions about the future business model of the United States Postal Service.”

In the motion, Connolly argues that the Postal Service is unlikely to be suffer commercial injury by revealing the results of the study, and maintains that the public has a right to know how the closures will affect Americans’ health, safety and quality of life in areas such as mail-order pharmaceutical delivery, a fast- growing business that affects the increasing senior population.

Connolly has sponsored his own bill, H.R. 1262, that would open the way for USPS to collocate its outlets with private facilities and state and local governments, and expand its range of products and services.

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