Gov. Mead Calls Delay In Post Office Closures 'Prudent'

Governor Matt Mead
Governor Matt Mead

Wyoming Governor Matt Mead released a statement on the decision by the United States Postal Service to delay its closure of rural post offices across the country, calling the inaction “prudent”.

In his statement he said that he knows that there need to be cuts made to the Postal Service's budget and that there are ways to find efficiencies. But, the governor went on to say, closing rural post offices is not a big enough savings to make any real impact for the Postal Service and the closures would deeply impact people who depend on the mail system for communication.

Mead said he is in favor of a five-day delivery week as an alternative to the closures, and added that he will continue to push for alternatives during the delay.

The governor sent a letter to the USPS in August expressing his concern, saying that their proposal is not a solution to their problems. The cost-cutting proposition includes 43 offices in Wyoming.

He also thanked local legislators work on behalf of residents who have spoken out against closures. Rural offices across Wyoming have held public meetings attended by postal service representatives where they voiced their concerns, done with help from local legislators.

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