Later today in Pittsburgh, Governor Corbett will unveil his long-awaited proposal to privatize liquor sales in Pennsylvania. But there are already signs of rough waters ahead in the legislature.
“I personally believe – and I’m not speaking for the LCB – I personally believe that privatization is something at this point in time that probably the citizens of the commonwealth are ready for,” Joseph “Skip” Brion said.
“We’ve got to move into the 21st century and you’ve got to modernize,” Majority Leader Mike Turzai says. “And we’re trying to do the best we can, in our proposal, in balancing competing interests.”
“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.
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.
Battle lines took shape as a state Senate committee began hearings on the idea of selling off Pennsylvania’s state-owned liquor stores.
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.
When a new Pennsylvania governor and legislature get to work later this month, there will be a new push to sell off state-owned wine and liquor stores. However, that does not mean a broad overhaul of state liquor law is in the offing.