NORMAN — There’s some good news in the federal budget proposal approved this past week. Saturday mail service will continue, according to the spending bill moving through Congress.
The $1.1 trillion spending bill includes a provision that says six-day mail delivery continues. Postal Service officials have sought to end Saturday delivery as one way to cut their losses.
The Postal Service lost $5 billion in the last fiscal year and lost $15.9 billion in 2012. Closing some rural post offices, cutting Saturday delivery and other services are among the ideas floated to Congress.
Postal officials got approval to raise the price of a first-class stamp. Postage will go up three cents from 46 to 49 cents beginning Jan. 26 and will last no more than two years.
Businesses and consumer groups had protested the proposed Saturday mail cuts. It also impacts many daily newspapers that have come to rely on the Postal Service for daily delivery.
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