WASHINGTON -- President Reagan asked Congress Monday to cut the Postal Service subsidy for nonprofit mail to $500 million, a decrease of $119 million.
The administration also requested no funds for the public service subsidy -- money used to support non-profitable services such as rural routes and small post offices, according to Postal spokesman Jamison Cain.
Last year, the public service subsidy was $221 million.
Cain said Postmaster General William Bolger has made it clear he does not intend to cut back on those non-profitable services.
'This further proposed reduction of the public service subsidy will not require the Postal Service to make any major service reductions such as elimination of six day delivery or wholesale closing of small post offices,' said Jim Finch, the assistant postmaster general for finance.
Finch noted most of the Postal Service's anticipated $24 billion budget for 1983 is financed by customers who use the mails, not by congressional appropriation.
The administration's $500 million request would be funds known as 'revenue foregone' -- used to subsidize nonprofit mail such as library rates, certain mail service to the blind and the handicapped, and in-county publications. Just last month, the Postal Service raised the rates of that non-profit mail.