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  • TPA Slams Postal Service for Second Quarter Loss

    Grace Morgan on May 11, 2018


    WASHINGTON, D.C.
     – Today, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) expressed continued alarm over the U.S. Postal Service’s (USPS) latest $656 million quarterly loss.  This brings the total loss to $1.3 billion for the first half of the 2018 fiscal year. TPA has had an active role in analyzing USPS’s challenges, which includes advancing key concepts and principles for the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) to incorporate in its work. While the PRC continues to apply its guidance and oversight, many of the substantive changes that the USPS requires must become top priority for lawmakers, Postmaster General Megan Brennan, and the future USPS Board of Governors.

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  • Taxpayers Protection Alliance Praises President Trump’s Postal Task Force

    David Williams on April 13, 2018

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    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) President David Williams applauded President Trump’s Task Force on the United States Postal Service (USPS).  In the announcement, the President stated that the Postal Service’s operations and finances will be evaluated, including, but not limited to: “The expansion and pricing of the package delivery and USPS’s role in competitive markets,” and “The decline in mail volume and its implications for USPS’s self-financing and monopoly over letter delivery and mailboxes.” » Read More
  • The Postal Service & Amazon: Crony Capitalism Delivered to Your Door

    Ross Marchand on April 5, 2018

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    This article originally appeared in The American Conservative on April 5, 2018


    The United States Postal Service is deep in the red, with a dwindling list of options available to stop the bleeding. USPS officials and Congress have continually neglected to employ sound financial management, which has resulted in $15 billion in debt and more than $100 billion in unfunded liabilities for the Postal Service. Despite inept leadership, anyone bringing attention to these issues is bound to be repeatedly attacked as a corporate shill trying to harm the USPS.  » Read More
  • New $500 Million Loss by Postal Service Highlights Need for Real Reform

    David Williams on February 9, 2018

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    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) reacted with concern about the U.S. Postal Service’s (USPS) latest loss of $540 million for the first quarter of the 2018 fiscal year.  Since the current Postal Service law, the Postal Accountability & Enhancement Act (PAEA), came into effect in December 2006, the USPS has accumulated $65.6 billion in total net losses. » Read More
  • USPS cronyism is unaffordable for shippers and customers

    Ross Marchand on January 3, 2018

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    This article originally appeared in The Hill on January 2, 2018

    The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is as determined as ever to make customers pay more as they defend ludicrous schemes keeping the agency deep in debt. The cost of First-Class postage is slated to increase from 49 to 50 cents on Jan. 21 as part of a desperate move by postal officials to stem the financial bleeding. As the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) has previously documented, increases in postage rates promote risky behaviors with non-postal business ventures and shore up liabilities in a massively-underfunded pension system buoyed by unrealistic promises. But, the biggest and ugliest secret lies below the surface in the rampant postal cronyism that disproportionately benefits e-commerce giants such as Amazon. In April, a Citigroup analysis found that Amazon gets roughly$1.50 in shipping subsidies from every package delivered via the Postal Service.
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  • New Picks for U.S. Postal Service Leadership Won’t Resolve Longstanding Problems

    David Williams on September 12, 2017


    The fiscal turmoil at the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) continues with no end in sight. In light of the staggering trends, USPS faces an immense need for a new strategic direction that will help to achieve overall financial stability and accountability. Much of this responsibility rests in the hands of the Postal Service Board of Governors, which has regrettably become fully vacant (with the exception of the Postmaster General and the Deputy Postmaster General who were chosen by the former governors). » Read More
  • TPA Releases Statement on USPS Finances

    David Williams on August 14, 2017


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     - Today, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) expressed concern about the continued alarming financial trends from the U.S. Postal Service (USPS).  TPA also called on Congress and USPS leadership to take immediate action to stop the hemorrhaging of money. With a loss of $2.1 billion announced in this week’s third quarter statement, USPS faces a total loss of $2.8 billion for the 2017 fiscal year thus far. After yet another dismal report it becomes increasingly impossible for USPS leadership, the greater postal community, or the general public to find any silver linings in the USPS’s financial outlook. 
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  • In Reforming Postal Service, Keep Taxpayers off the Hook

    Ross Marchand on June 19, 2017

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    With operations awash in red ink, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has certainly seen better days. After posting yet another loss of $562 million for the 2017 fiscal year thus far, the USPS is pleading for members of Congress to bail out the struggling organization. The USPS, which has dealt with multi-billion dollar losses over the past decade, is pushing for the Postal Service Reform Act of 2017 as a way of shoring up finances. But the bill, which would transfer health-related retirement liabilities to Medicare, would shift expenses to taxpayers without solving any of the underlying problems facing the Service. » Read More
  • TPA Releases Statement on U.S. Postal Service’s Mid-Year Financial Report

    Michi Iljazi on May 11, 2017

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    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) expressed dismay about the U.S. Postal Service’s (USPS) continuing escalating debts.  In today’s release, the USPS posted a loss of $562 million in its second quarter financial report for the 2017 fiscal year.  This loss is a stark reminder about the agency’s inability to achieve fiscal stability. After posting losses during the December holiday delivery season, the USPS appears on track for its 11th consecutive fiscal year in the red. The USPS has failed to pay its retiree health benefits payments despite its legal obligation to do so.  Even though they have failed to pay this obligation, they have included this unpaid figure as a part of its quarterly losses.  After amassing these debts, and many others as a result of bad management practices, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has calculated that the Postal Service now carries more than $121 billion in unfunded liabilities on its books.

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  • TPA Releases Roadmap to Fiscal Sanity for 115th Congress

    Michi Iljazi on January 25, 2017

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    This week, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) released a series of issue briefs for the 115th Congress titled Roadmap to Fiscal Sanity.  The publication puts forward an aggressive reform agenda for Congress. The publication focuses on 14 different policy areas where reform is needed to help reduce the size of government, cut spending, enact tax reform, and help get the economy back on track.  Issues covered in the publication include Defense Spending, Earmarks, Energy, Health Care, Intellectual Property, Mergers, Regulatory Reform, Solar Subsidies, Tax Reform, Telecommunications Policy, Trade Policy, United Nations/World Health Organization and United States Postal Service Reform. TPA President David Williams said of the release, “The newly elected Congress has No More Excuses for not acting on real and meaningful reform when it comes to reducing spending and getting the debt under control. TPA’s Roadmap to Fiscal Sanity provides a path forward.”

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  • Taxpayer New Years Resolutions for 2017

    David Williams and Michi Iljazi on January 2, 2017

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    The New Year has begun, and after saying goodbye to 2016, taxpayers are ready to welcome 2017.  While many people resolve to shed a few pounds and break some bad habits, this year’s list of resolutions highlights all of the major issues that the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) will focus on throughout the year.


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    The resolution for Congress in 2017 is clear: No More Excuses. Washington (including the incoming Trump administration) have no more excuses for not getting things done for taxpayers. On a wide range of issues, including tax reform and regulatory reform, members of the House and Senate can longer make excuses for not doing the necessary work to fix some of the major problems impacting taxpayers. It is time for Congress to get to work. For more on Congress, click here

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