Retaining state liquor stores maintains benefits of system

January 11, 2012 — Legislative efforts to privatize the state Wine and Spirits stores have been going on in Harrisburg, off and on, for nearly 40 years — going back to the administration of Milton Shapp.

Now, Republican House Majority Leader Mike Turzai is making the same tired, old arguments that have been discussed and rejected at least four times under five different governors. In fact, Rep. Turzai’s legislation to sell the stores, House Bill 11, was thoroughly rejected by a House committee that is controlled 15-10 by members of his own party. The committee completely gutted Turzai’s bill and replaced it with language that is even worse. Read more in the Allentown Morning Call.

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