WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Senator Mark Pryor today gave the United States Postal Serviceâ€™s (USPS) a failing grade for its efforts to keep communities informed about potential post office closures.
The USPS currently has an operating deficit of over $8 billion and may be forced to close up to 2,000 post offices. While Senator Pryor agreed that the USPS needs to implement cost-cutting measures to reduce their deficit, he urged the USPS to keep communities a priority in the process. Specifically, he requested the USPS fairly review post offices on a case-by-case basis, provide clear criteria about post office closures, and notify residents about community meetings.
â€œUSPS has lost billions over the last few years, and it should take steps to improve fiscal viability. Allowing customers to share their views about how local closures will impact their communities must be part of this process,â€ Pryor said. â€œThe postal service is not doing an adequate job of keeping communities involved.â€
Possible closures in Arkansas include: Alicia, Board Camp, Wilson, State University, Gepp, Goodwin, Ida, Monroe, Peach Orchard, Pineville, Wideman, Johnson City, Springdale, East Camden, Camden and Driver.