How well do you know your mailman? With the U.S. Postal Service projecting a $9 billion deficit for the fiscal year, the agency is asking Congress to take immediate action so as to prevent it from going into default. Learn more about how much a mail carrier makes per year and what kind of benefits they risk losing if Congress does not act by the end of this week.
Last week, Simon van Zuylen-Wood wrote that the two-century-old agency also provides considerable social benefits. In a 2010 study by the Urban Institute, crime rates are higher in areas without post offices. The study also found that postal workers tend to watch out for suspicious activity and are frequently the ones to dial 911 in an emergency. In fact, out of 1700 missing persons cases tracked by the institute, 179 were solved thanks to a local post office. Let’s hope Congress sees the benefits as clearly as we do.
Courtesy of eHow.com
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