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    From Bernie

    Washington, DC (Feb. 13, 2010)—In light of first quarter financial reports that the U.S. Postal Service would have generated $200 million in profits had it not been required to pre-fund its future retiree health benefits, Senator Bernie Sanders and Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, called for the passage of legislation to reform this burdensome requirement, which no other federal agency or private sector company faces.

    “At a time when the Postal Service faces enormous financial challenges, we have got to end the absurd requirement that it pay over $5.5 billion every year to pre-fund future retiree health benefits,” Sanders said. “No other entity in the United States of America is burdened with this mandate, and with $44 billion in this future retiree account earning 3.5 to 4 percent interest every year, it can be fully funded in the next 21 years without the need for additional funds.  By correcting this inequity, and through other commonsense reforms, the Postal Service will have the money it needs over the short term without resorting to the draconian cuts in service it has proposed. Over the long term, the Postal Service will need to develop a new and aggressive entrepreneurial business model to bring in the revenue it needs in the 21st Century.”

    “The latest numbers show that the Postal Service would be in the black but for this extraordinary prefunding requirement,” said Cummings. “Congress should pass comprehensive legislation to eliminate this unfair burden, immediately improve the Postal Service’s cash position, and enable it to develop innovative products that meet changing market needs.”

    Financial data released by the Postal Service reveal that it would have made profits of $200 million in the first quarter of this fiscal year had it not been required to account for approximately $3 billion of its pending fiscal years 2011 and 2012 retiree health benefits prefunding payment and non-cash adjustments to its Workers’ Compensation Liabilities.

    President Obama would have been a republican in the 1980's & 1990's. Go figure.

    by Tool on Mon Mar 18, 2013 at 08:31:03 AM PDT

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    •  Did you catch the date of the article you quoted? (2+ / 0-)
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      Tool, johnny wurster

      When determining profitability for FY12, I would argue that it is better to use the actual financial results that were reported on in FY13 instead of a press release from FY10.

      Agreed?

      We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. Albert Einstein

      by theotherside on Mon Mar 18, 2013 at 08:46:34 AM PDT

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