State GOP Chairman Rob Gleason wrote this month in the Chairman’s Blog to rally the party in support of Governor Tom Corbett‘s push to privatize state liquor sales, now run and staffed by state employees.
Governor Corbett and Lt. Governor Cawley presented a bold plan for liquor privatization. The Pennsylvania State House has already taken a major step by passing a bill. This is farther than any previous liquor privatization effort has made it in Pennsylvania’s governing process. It is our job to bring it home, and ensure that this time, privatization of Pennsylvania’s liquor stores is successful.
The Liquor Reform Working Group and the Pennsylvania Republican Party will both continue working hard to guarantee the success of liquor privatization in Pennsylvania.
We need your help. Contact your state senators and give them support to pass liquor privatization. Urge your friends, family and neighbors to go to pagop.org/booze and sign the State Party’s petition to show their support for getting Pennsylvania out of the booze business. Finally help spread the news about the importance of liquor privatization to Pennsylvania by submitting positive letters to the editor and spreading the word about the benefits of liquor privatization to your fellow Pennsylvanians.
The website PhillyBurbs.com details a comprehensive list of reasons to move forward with privatization, suggesting the move would raise higher revenues by eliminating the incentive for Pennsylvanians to cross the state line to purchase spirits elsewhere.
Chris Freind of The Philly Post argues however that the privatization bill in its current form has several flaws, won’t reduce prices, and doesn’t fix a big tax problem.
At Reason.com, Matthew Hurtt says that most opposition comes from current distributors and labor unions, which both fear a loss of their own turf. Unfortunately for them, voters don’t seem to share that concern. Liquor Store Privatization is Around the Corner, the headline declares.
The bill is currently receiving public testimony in the State Senate.