Liquor Store Privatization
The chairman of the state House Liquor Control Committee says the push to privatize booze sales in Pennsylvania means a delicate balance between public safety and consumer convenience in the city of Philadelphia.
“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,” Joe Scarnati said.
Beer distributors would be able to compete for the right to sell wine and liquor under the privatization plan unveiled last week by the state House majority leader.
With its fate as a state agency threatened like never before, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board is reporting record numbers for the just-concluded fiscal year.
A group of Pennsylvania lawmakers visited Philadelphia today to hear testimony on the idea of selling off Pennsylvania’s state-owned liquor stores. The move could fetch $2 billion or more, according to some estimates.