There are about to be some big changes to your mail service. The Postal Service announces it's cutting Saturday delivery. The U.S. Postal Service has delivered the mail under all conditions for the last 150 years but it no longer has the money to keep delivering on Saturdays. The Postmaster General announced the cost-cutting schedule change today. Letter carriers will no longer deliver first-class mail on Saturdays beginning in August, but not all Saturday services are ending. Packages, mail order medicines, priority and express mail will still go to homes and businesses and Post Offices will keep their Saturday hours. The postal service says its research shows most Americans support the change.
Over the past six years the Postal Service has lost 41 billion dollars as more people switch from letters to email and electronic banking. To save money the agency has layed off 35 percent of its workforce. Stopping delivery on Saturday is expected to save 2 billion dollars but it's not enough to balance the books. The Postal Service usually needs Congressional approval to make changes but the agency says it has figured out a legal way to do it without lawmakers.