Retailers, Auditor General slam liquor bill

December 2, 2011 – A state House of Representatives panel heard a lot of criticism Wednesday about a leading Republican proposal to privatize Pennsylvania’s state-owned liquor and wine sales — including the fact that it does nothing to change state beer laws.

For some, the bill introduced by House Majority Leader Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny, doesn’t go far enough in providing opportunities to sell alcoholic beverages at privately owned stores. They say it should provide for unlimited licenses to sell beer, wine and liquor.

For others, including state Auditor General Jack Wagner, the proposal will likely result in higher prices on many popular wine and spirits, lower tax revenue for the state budget and less selection and convenience for customers while benefiting large chain retailers. Read more on CBS News.

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