By Tony Romeo
HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) — In an apparent effort to light a fire under the feet of their counterparts in the state senate, a committee in the Pennsylvania House has advanced a new state budget partially funded by revenues from the sale of liquor retailing licenses.READ MORE: Bidens' Older Dog, Champ, Has Died; German Shepherd Was 13
The House last year passed a bill to privatize the sale of liquor in Pennsylvania, but the senate has continued to balk at that.
Now, the House Appropriations Committee, as part of the effort to close a massive budget gap without a broad-based tax hike, has advanced a budget bill that plans on almost $400 million from the sale of liquor licenses.
State rep. Bill Adolph (R-Delaware County), chairman of the appropriations panel, claims that the gambit is serious.READ MORE: Toddler Shot Multiple Times, 2 Men Dead Following Triple Shooting In West Philadelphia: Police
“The senate can always amend this bill if they have revenue sources other than this,” he said. “And I’m sure I’m going to be negotiating with that.”
The state senate continues to discuss a liquor bill but is focusing on ways to make beer and wine sales more convenient, not on getting rid of state stores.
House Democrats, meanwhile, protested that the budget approved by the Appropriations Committee is out of balance and filled with gimmicks.MORE NEWS: Some Philadelphia Residents Facing Fines For Piled Up Curbside Trash As Pickups Delayed