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Pa. Republican Has Reservations About Liquor Store Privatization

HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) – The privatization of Pennsylvania liquor stores has hit a bump in the road as a key state senator says the issue is not a top priority for him when lawmakers return in the fall.

scarnati romeo Pa. Republican Has Reservations About Liquor Store Privatization

Sen. Joe Scarnati (credit: KYW's Tony Romeo)

Joe Scarnati – the top Republican in the state Senate – says he’s got more than a few reservations about the matter.

“I’ve got a major issue with wanting to see how the rural area is going to fare in all these ideas and plans,” Scarnati said. “And, look, if I were selling a business—I don’t care if it’s the liquor business or selling my own business – before you sell a business, you get the best bottom line you can. And I’m not so sure that we in Pennsylvania have yet got the best bottom line out of our liquor system that we can.”

Scarnati believes a better approach would be to continue modernizing the state store system first, but stopped short of saying whether he would advocate for that position in the Republican caucus that he leads.

Reported by Tony Romeo, KYW Newsradio

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  • caps

    NJ seems to do fine with private stores. Heck I would own one but I’m sure they will sell em away to the dunkin doughnuts owners

  • Tim

    How can thi man call himself a republican?

    • grumpy

      He is, just not a Tea Party NUT!

  • Scott Yaw

    Here it is folks – an elected government official who balks at giving up any government control of anything. He wants to continue “modernizing stores” to improve the bottom line. NONSENSE! This means spending more of our tax dollars on each store over a period of time. Worse yet – it means signing more store leases for longer the State will never get out of the business. Many other states have got out of the alcohol control business and into licensing which is far more profitable and DOES NOT require any tax dollars to support.

    I question Joe Scarnati’s motives and his critical judgement skills. Vote him out.

    • Angry Revolutionary

      I agree with Scott

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