Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Mailing marijuana money gets OK from Alaska Tax Division, Postal Service

Mailing marijuana money gets OK from Alaska Tax Division, Postal Service

"... Spanos also noted that marijuana sales are illegal federally, and wrote that he wasn’t familiar with the U.S. Postal Service’s stance on mailing marijuana cash. “The state can’t be responsible for the cash until we receive it,” Spanos wrote. So can businesses legally use the Postal Service to mail marijuana money to the state? “Yes,” Postal Service Alaska District spokesperson Ernie Swanson replied in an email. That position differs from the Postal Service’s stance on mailing marijuana advertisements, which it says remains illegal under federal law ..."   

Reference: www.adn.com

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Tenets of a postal reform bill are transferring retirees to Medicare for health care

Lawmakers Agree on Urgent Need to Overhaul Postal Service

"... Both Carper, author of the 2015 Improving Postal Operations, Service and Transparency (iPOST) Act, and Brennan agreed the fundamental tenets of a postal reform bill are transferring retirees to Medicare for health care ..."   

Reference: www.govexec.com

Thursday, January 21, 2016

$56 Million APWU Settlement: Initial Payment Disbursed for managers/supervisors performing clerk craft work

$56 Million Settlement: Initial Payment Disbursed

"...Eligible retirees have been receiving their settlements and that process should be completed with the last of the retirees expected to receive their payments in checks dated Jan. 30. The payments are a result of a “global settlement” of grievances protesting the performance of Clerk Craft duties by managers and supervisory personnel in Level 15, 16, and 18 offices in violation of contractual limits. Under the terms of the settlement, the APWU identified eligible employees, computed the amounts due to them, and provided the information to the Postal Service. However, there are rumors that some of the payments do not match the amounts the union submitted ..."   

Reference: www.apwu.org

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The Sad State Of America's Middle Class, In 6 Charts

The Sad State Of America's Middle Class, In 6 Charts

"... In his State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Barack Obama is expected to propose throwing a lifeline to America's middle class. It could really use one. His ideas -- including tax increases for the wealthy and tax cuts for the middle class -- might or might not be the right ones. The Republicans that run Congress likely won't be amenable to many of them. But there should be little doubt that the middle class is in serious trouble ..."   

Reference: www.huffingtonpost.com

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Why have there been so many Post Office emergency suspensions since 2010?

'Emergency suspension' closes the doors to Nemo Post Office

"... It is not uncommon for the U.S. Postal Service to cite a lease dispute prior to notifying residents of an “emergency suspension,” as was the case in Nemo. In fact, a quick Internet search will pull up more than a dozen post offices where the exact same instance occurred. Most of those can be found on the first few pages of the search, most of those closed after 2010 and most of those have still not reopened. ..."   

Reference: www.yourglenrosetx.com