Pa. Lawmaker Wants To Sell Liquor Stores By May

HARRISBURG (CBS) – The majority leader of the Pennsylvania House says he’s hoping for action on his proposal to sell off state liquor stores by the end of May.

Appearing at a Pennsylvania Press Club luncheon in Harrisburg Monday, Allegheny County Republican Mike Turzai, the House majority leader, said as part of the budget process – which he hopes will be done by May 31st – he wants action on legislation to sell liquor stores, even though he acknowledges any sale is not about bringing in revenue for this difficult budget cycle.

“In the end the bill is not being put on the table solely for fiscal reasons,” Turzai says. “In the end, we want to make it clear that we want government to be involved in its core government functions and that what we do not need to be doing, we let the private sector do.”

Turzai says government should “show by example” its desire to grow the private sector. The leader also drew laughter when he quipped that there will be no “predetermined” winners of liquor store licenses, which he proposes to auction off… unlike, he says, the gambling legislation.

Reported by Tony Romeo, KYW Newsradio

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  • BC

    Pennsylvania and a few other states are the only holdovers from prohibition days. Most, I believe, are down south. In any other state one can go to a super market and buy a bottle of wine at 2am on a Sunday. Or a case of beer at 11pm on a Saturday. This is reality. Not what the union wants, a protective job environment that makes it difficult to remove those who are lazy and complacent. That are paid artificially high wages and receive a lucrative pension when they retire. All compliments of PA taxpayers.

  • Ted

    Privatization of the state liquor stores should have been done in the 1930’s

    Very poor selection of wines, minimum orders for specialty items costing thousands of dollars instead of hundreds, and laws against buying from out of state. The system is broken.

    For the record, I am a strong advocate of responsibility in alcohol consumption and favor much harsher punishments for drunk drivers.

  • Guess Who

    It’s about time the state gets out of the booze business, union hack supporters of the status quo be damned.

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