Senate Democratic Appropriations Chair Vincent Hughes derailed Governor Corbett’s budget address as a fiscal plan that takes Pennsylvania in the wrong direction. Senator Hughes asserts that the budget awards the Governor and his “wealthy friends” tax breaks and only offers working people a proposal to “put booze on every block in every community.” This rhetoric grossly mischaracterizes privatization efforts and the serious issue of liquor control and public safety. Continue reading
After a failed attempt during the prior session to privatize Pennsylvania’s state wine and liquor stores, Governor Corbett has unveiled his own plan to move government out of the booze business. Pennsylvania is one of only two remaining states to maintain a government monopoly over wholesale and retail sales of both wine and spirits. The Governor’s plan will transform this prohibition-era system into one of greater consumer choice and convenience while also providing a critical investment opportunity for public education.
Upon the successful passage of the state budget, legislators have returned to their districts for summer recess. At this time, Keystone Liberty will review and highlight the many legislative achievements and stalemates of this session before adjourning for the summer.
UPDATE: Rep. Mike Turzai announced that liquor store privatization will not be up for a vote this session. There will however, be another effort in Fall 2012.
As seen on the Commonwealth Foundation’s Policy Blog:
Ready to toast to an end of the state-run monopoly on wine and spirits? Nearly seven out of 10 Pennsylvanians would raise their glasses with you. Government-sold booze is a hot discussion across the commonwealth this week, but it’s not time to pour the champagne just yet.
Last Monday, House Majority Leader Mike Turzai introduced an amendment to restore House Bill 11 to its original intent, liquor store privatization. Here’s a look at what’s inside Rep. Turzai’s proposal:
Letter to the Editor: Lancaster New Era Newspaper
Union President Wendell Young IV wants the public to believe that government-run state liquor stores are working. Young asserts that the government monopoly represents a cash cow for state coffers. He argues that liquor privatization will cease to generate revenues for the treasury.