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Under Trump proposal, private carriers like FedEx and UPS could access your mailbox

A U.S. Postal Service letter carrier delivers the mail in Shelbyville, Ky.
A U.S. Postal Service letter carrier delivers the mail in Shelbyville, Ky.
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The Trump administration has been exploring a proposal to privatize the United States Postal Service.

The president famously tweeted critically about the postal service’s business model about a year ago and has since taken steps towards allowing private companies like UPS and FedEx access to mailboxes-- a right only legally granted to public postal workers.

Supporters argue countries like England and Germany have successfully brought the free market into letter carrying and considers USPS sole access to mailboxes a criminal monopoly. Critics say privatizing the post office would cut access to customers and weaken middle class jobs.

The Postal Service has been losing money in recent years with a $3.9 billion loss in 2018 as customers have declined. By allowing private carriers access to mailboxes for a fee, the proposal seeks to make up lost revenue.


Chris Edwards, director of tax policy studies at the Cato Institute; editor of the CATO project,; he tweets @CatoEdwards

Mehrsa Baradaran, law professor and associate dean at University of Georgia. Author of "How the Other Half Banks" (Harvard University Press 2015)