Liquor Privatization

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The state is one step closer to privatizing the way alcohol is sold.  The House Liquor Control Committee voted Monday 14 to ten in favor of an amended bill privatize the state’s liquor system.  A major difference of this amended bill is that it does not earmark a billion dollars toward educational block grants as Governor Corbett has initially proposed.  Meanwhile, only about two dozen people were allowed inside the meeting.  Many who were waiting to get in the courtroom were those who work for the state selling liquor and are worried about their jobs.  The bill will now head to the state house where a vote could come as early as next week.

3 comments

  • Dave

    Congratulations Pa., you have just taken the first step to losing the one state agency that MAKES money for the state of Pa. When you think about it, if an agency doesn't make money, you pay for it in taxes. Of all the agencies that have state employees,the PLCB is one of the few that makes money.

  • Bob

    Congratulations Pa., you have just taken a step into the 21st century by scrapping ancient, archaic laws that limit choices to Pa consumers, inconvenience them by having to drive to 3 separate locations for alcoholic beverages, and losing sales to neighboring states that have modern laws regarding the sale of alcoholic beverages. It also removes the government from the liquor business, but increases tax revenue. I am sorry for anyone who loses their job in this current environment, but my experience with State Store employees is that most are retired from other government jobs and supplementing their retirement with another government job.

  • No fool

    Why should any state be involved in the sale of liquor? Or any other commodity for that matter, government is not designed to operate in these areas. It only breeds corruption and graft, the turnpike commission is an example of what happens to officials with control over long term contracts.

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