Postal Delays Hamper Missouri Small Businesses

(Farmington) Operational changes intended to help the financially troubled U.S. Postal Service save money aren’t going over well with some small business owners in Missouri and other states.

Recent modifications, including the end of overtime for workers, have led to numerous reports of delays, both in personal and commercial mail and package delivery.

Chairman of the Package Coalition John McHugh says there is legitimate concern about the viability of some small businesses if these problems linger during what’s expected to be a challenging economic recovery.

There have been growing calls for a federal rescue but some Republicans, including the President have resisted that idea and favor privatization.

Brad Jones with the National Federation of Independent Businesses in Missouri says there are some communities where the Postal Service is their only delivery option.

Jones adds the one thing small business owners don’t like is uncertainty.

The U.S. Senate is considering a bipartisan bill that would provide up to 25-billion dollars in emergency financial relief for the U.S. Postal Service.