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Attorneys general in 19 states and the District of Columbia filed an administrative complaint Thursday seeking to block the 10-year budget cut plan of the United States Postal Service (USPS), dictated by the general director of post Louis DeJoy, for slower deliveries, higher postage rates, and reduced post office hours, according NPR.
The complaint filed by the 20 attorneys general requires the Postal Regulatory Commission to thoroughly review DeJoy’s plan in detail, before fully implementing the proposed changes, which will affect the postal service nationwide.
The process would allow Postal Service customers to provide comments during a hearing before commissioners.
Attorneys General Say DeJoy has asked the Commission to review only two de the four components of the Postal Service’s 10-year plan.
“With little regard for process or consequences, these proposals threaten to put our democracy and our people at risk,” said the California attorney general, Rob Bonta, it’s a statement.
Bonta said DeJoy’s efforts for the strategic plan do not “make the cut,” because Americans depend on the United States Postal Service for your “medications, paychecks, and ballot mail.”
The Postal Service announced the plan in March. The changes, which took effect on October 1, require slower delivery times for some first-class couriers, shorter hours for some post offices, and more expensive postage fees.
On October 3, the Postal Service began temporarily raising the prices of all commercial and retail domestic packages during the holiday season, the USPS spokesperson said, Kim frum, in an email to NPR.
The temporary price increase will end on December 26.
In August, the Postal Service announced that its standard for first-class mail delivery was met 83.6% of the time during the quarter ending June 30, compared to its 88.9% performance in 2020 during the same period.
The Postal Service also reported a loss of $ 3 billion for the quarter ended June 30, compared to $ 2.2 billion a year earlier.
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