WASHINGTON (AP) — The financially struggling U.S. Postal Service said Wednesday it will stop delivering mail on Saturdays but continue to disburse packages six days a week, an apparent end-run around an unaccommodating Congress.
The service expects the Saturday mail cutback to begin the week of Aug. 5 and to save about $2 billion annually, said Postmaster General and CEO Patrick R. Donahoe.
WORTHINGTON — Earlier this week, Nobles County commissioners agreed to send letters to U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, as well as Rep. Tim Walz, regarding the possibility of significant federal budget cuts specific to health and human services.
Gov. Dayton criticizes several provisions in both bills
ST. PAUL – The fundamental disagreement about how to help Minnesotans financially, cutting business taxes or providing tax relief to citizens, captured the spotlight Wednesday as Republicans push business-tax cut bills through the Minnesota Legislature.
Army, Marines to shrink as funding slows
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon outlined a plan Thursday for slowing the growth of military spending, including cutting the size of the Army and Marine Corps, retiring older planes and trimming war costs.
Reductions will reduce the amount of elective courses offered
BREWSTER — In times of economic hardship and substantial fiscal deficits, school districts across the state of Minnesota are facing looming budget cuts.
‘Markedly improved’ finances reported two days before Pipestone announcement
PIPESTONE — The Suzlon Group reported Saturday a strong orderbook of $5.4 billion and an improving performance. Two days later, Suzlon Rotor Co. in Pipestone announced scaled-back operations that would eliminate 110 positions, effective Dec. 29.
9 pm update
ST. PAUL — Republican lawmakers have complained for months that Democrats in control do not listen to their ideas, but now that five days remain in the Minnesota legislative session they are being asked to help with the unpopular job of finding more places to cut state spending.
ST. PAUL — Fifty-two public works projects across Minnesota such as college building renovations and state trails fell victim to Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s veto pen Monday, and legislative leaders say there is little chance lawmakers will send any more projects to him before he leaves office early next year.
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