Pa. Lawmaker Wants To Make State Stores More Consumer-Friendly

HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) – Despite the push to sell off state liquor stores, a key state senator is indicating he’ll press ahead with consideration of proposed changes to make those liquor stores more consumer friendly.

Republican John Pippy, Chairman of the Senate Law and Justice Committee that vets alcohol sale legislation, says privatizing liquor stores in Pennsylvania this year would be “ambitious.” So Pippy last week held a hearing during which the committee heard from the Liquor Control Board’s CEO about ways to streamline operations.

“There are a lot of issues that we deal with that are on parallel tracks” Pippy said. “The House has taken the lead, and so we’re waiting to see what they do on the privatization side. Regardless of that, some of these issues I think we need to deal with whether it deals with beer being treated equally as wine and spirits or some of the other items as far as convenience to the consumer.”

Among those convenience issues that may be addressed would be giving state stores more flexibility in pricing items and allowing Pennsylvania residents to have wine shipped directly to their homes.

Reported by Harrisburg Bureau Chief Tony Romeo, KYW Newsradio 1060

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  • Mark

    Funny. I just got a letter back from Sen. Pippy’s office that this article is a misrepresentation of Sen Pippy’s hearing and his expressions!

  • allin

    Pennsylvania going out of business sale!

    Schools, State Stores, PAT, Marcellus Gas, everything has to go.

    No strings or taxes attached if you know the right people.

  • RS

    The very idea of government run retail stores for any product is absurd. Whether we make or lose money in the long run is immaterial. Hopefully Rep. Turzai will make privatization the top priority after the budget is passed.

  • NS

    Privatize the stores and stop living in the past.

  • montcosquire

    Privatizing the State Stores will still make tax revenue in PA. If anything, liquor sales will increase dramatically. I do not buy any liquor in PA because of the restricted store hours and lack of selection. PA loses probably $400-$500 a year in taxes and profit on me because I buy in MD, DE or NJ. I know that I am not alone in this practice! Give us selection, value and convenient retail locations and the money will be there from the consumers in PA.

  • Rob Share

    Why is it taking so long for Corbett to put the “For Sale Signs” out in front of each state store?
    Didn’t he have the plan?

  • Lu

    The money that is generated each year from the sales in these store can not be made up any where other than the taxpayers. We are already paying far to much and I say keep them state run and my opinion on this has absolutely nothing to do with the Unions.

  • Albert

    The best way to make them consumer friendly is privatize them. Unfortunately the unions will stop at nothing to prevent this.

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