By Tony Romeo

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The chairman of the Liquor Control Board is tamping down speculation that the LCB is poised to take action that could raise booze prices in Pennsylvania.

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It all started with word that a leaked memo written by the LCB’s finance director mentioned the possibility of raising the agency’s mark-up on bottles of wine and liquor — from 30-percent, where it’s been set for two decades — to 35-percent. But LCB Chairman Skip Brion says it was just a suggestion in an annual assessment of the LCB’s anticipated sales and profits. And he says it is something that would only be considered as a “last resort.”

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“The board has not put it on the agenda to discuss in a public meeting. The board has not voted on it. And obviously, something can come up that would change somebody’s mind. At this point in time, I can tell you I’m not in favor of it.”

The bottom line, Brion says, is that the proposal is just a suggestion that is not under active consideration.

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