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FLORENCE, S.C. (WBTW) -

 The US Postal Service Postmaster General announced on February 6, that the delivery of mail will take place Monday through Friday and the delivery of packages will happen  Monday through Saturday.  This delivery plan will not stop the USPS from delivering packages, medicine, or having  postal offices remain open on Saturdays. 

 In 2006 Congress passed the  Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act  (PAEA), Under PAEA, USPS was forced to "prefund its future health care benefit payments to retirees for the next 75 years in an astonishing ten-year time span" which meant that USPS had to put aside billions of dollars to pay for the health benefits of employees it hasn't even hired yet.

 The proposed plan has the potential to save 2 billion dollars every year. Market research conducted by the Postal Service and major news outlets indicated that nearly seven out of ten Americans support the switch to a new delivery schedule as a way for the Postal Service to reduce costs and return the organization to financial stability.

"I like the idea of sending mail on Saturdays, I can send a thank you card, a birthday card, or invitation, because I don't do the E-birthday and all that stuff, sending things through the mail on weekends seem more personal," says Florence citizen and dental assistant, Sarah Daniels.

The delivery schedule change is set to take effect as early as August of this year.

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