WASHINGTON, June 21 (Reuters) – The attorneys general of 20 states have asked the U.S. Postal Regulatory Commission to reject plans to slow down some first-class deliveries, saying allowing that to happen could harm local governments’ ability to fulfill essential functions.
Postmaster General Louis DeJoy proposed in March to revise existing one- to three-day service standards for first-class mail letters to one to five days as part of a plan to cut $160 billion in predicted red ink over the next decade.
The USPS said 61% of current first-class mail volume would stay at its current standard.
The state attorneys general, led by New York, and joined by the District of Columbia, the city of New York and San Francisco, called on the commission to urge the USPS to “abandon this misguided effort and instead focus its attention on improving its performance in delivering First-Class Mail and other market-dominant products.”