News Feed

Delco Times: Privatization will lead to lost jobs, revenue

I need someone to explain to me how the privatization of the liquor stores in Pennsylvania is going to lower the price of a bottle of alcohol or wine if the commonwealth of Pennsylvania is still going to charge and collect the same amount of tax per bottle that they are charging and collecting now.
» Continue reading…

Lancaster-based group opposes Corbett privatization plan

The director of a nonprofit organization that fights substance abuse is broadly criticizing efforts in Harrisburg to liberalize Pennsylvania’s beer, wine and liquor laws.
» Continue reading…

Morning Call: Corbett privatization plan is dead

First came the cops. Then came the drug-and-alcohol counselors. Next up was the moms. And finally, the kids.
» Continue reading…

Tribune-Review report: Crime would spike without state control of liquor sales

Privatizing state liquor stores under a House bill would drain police resources and result in higher crime rates, the president of the Pennsylvania Fraternal Order of Police told a Senate panel on Tuesday.
» Continue reading…

Some big name retailers caught selling liquor to minors

Some of the biggest retail food and drug stores in the Puget Sound region top a list of offenders when it comes to the sale of hard liquor to minors.
» Continue reading…

The Inquirer finally catches up: Pennsylvania privatizes alcohol, will drinking increase? Experts say yes.

It’s a simple, critical, and sobering question at the heart of the debate over privatizing state liquor stores: Will Pennsylvanians drink more booze if sales are wrested from government control?
» Continue reading…

PA can’t afford privatization

Here is my spin on privatization of state stores:

First, I am not at all a big-government guy. But I have been to states where private liquor stores exist; I am sure many others have, too.
» Continue reading…

Study links violence in DC to bars and liquor stores

Take a map of D.C. and put a pin in each spot where there’s been an aggravated assault or a case of domestic violence, and pretty soon you’ll recognize a pattern.
» Continue reading…

School officials say booze is making its way into schools

Retail stores started selling alcohol in Washington last year. Supporters say that helped create jobs and made it easier for consumers to access liquor. Now some worry access may be too good, especially for teenagers.
» Continue reading…

Don’t buy the hype: privatization just doesn’t deliver

Here we go again: Let’s privatize our liquor stores. Surely, it’s our governor’s desire to increase convenience for the liquor-buying public and not to satisfy the private sector’s desire to grab earnings like the $2.1 billion (Harrisburg Patriot, Aug. 30, 2012) the PLCB earned this fiscal year. I’m equally confident that no retailers’ or retail organizations’ campaign contributions have anything to do with Corbett’s motivation. I’m positive it’s his wish to invest the one-time windfall ($1 billion) in our schools, which he’s seen fit otherwise to shortchange.
» Continue reading…