The quasi-government agency announced this week that it lost $3.8
billion in the most recent fiscal year, which ended September 30th. It
also delivered less mail - 26 billion fewer pieces less, a nearly 13
percent drop from the previous year. The bad news follows losses
totaling $7.8 billion in 2007 and 2008.
The Postal Service, as it is quick to point out, is legally prohibited
from taking tax dollars. But in order to stay afloat, the agency has
been actively borrowing from the U.S. Treasury: At last count,
according to Postal Service spokeswoman Yvonne Yoerger, it owes the
government $10.2 billion.
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