Researcher and Writer in Washington, DC

Congress must be ready for election uncertai...

Congress must be ready for election uncertainty

Recent polls show President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden in a virtual tie in national polls.  State polls show the race as a tossup. Come November, the country may find itself in a situation where neither candidate has sufficient electors (270) to win. This is where Congress comes in…(Read more)

No, Trump is not trying to destroy the Postal Serv...

No, Trump is not trying to destroy the Postal Service

Over the weekend, #postalservice began trending on Twitter. That’s weird, seeing as the Post Office is, well, the Post Office. And I say that as someone who has spent 17 years studying postal policy. (Thank you for your sympathy.) The Twitter-steria stemmed from a report that the Trump administration opposed giving the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) a […]

Could Democrats and Republicans both benefit from bringing back earmar...

Could Democrats and Republicans both benefit from bringing back earmarks?

Discussions about bringing back earmarks have flared up on Capitol Hill in recent years. Democrats in particular have expressed interest in reviving procedures whereby members of the House of Representatives could have more power to direct appropriations to specific projects in their home districts. “You just can’t expect somebody over there at OMB, who knows nothing about […]

Voting by mail will become the n...

Voting by mail will become the norm

To date, five states—Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland and Ohio—have postponed their presidential primaries. More states may well follow. But these elections cannot be put off indefinitely. Parties need to hold their conventions and select a presidential nominee before the autumn general election….(Read more)

The exasperating politics of pensions and trust fu...

The exasperating politics of pensions and trust funds

Across the United States, myriad pension and trust funds are in trouble. Serious trouble. The U.S Postal Service’s retiree health benefits fund is underfunded by $70 billion and will be depleted in 10 years. In Illinois, the state’s teacher pension fund is 60 percent underfunded. Kentucky’s public pension is so underfunded that some employers have to fork out […]

The Postal Service’s $130 billion prob...

The Postal Service’s $130 billion problem

The United States Postal Service has many troubles. Mail volume has plunged more than 30 percent since 2007. The agency, which was designed to be self-funding, has run deficits for many years. And earlier this year, the postmaster general told Congress the agency would run out of cash in 2024. If that happens, the USPS […]

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