Lawmakers Get Ready to Rumble Over the Pros and Cons of Liquor Privatization

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Booze wants to be free.
Booze wants to be free. Photo: Courtesy of Marlo Marketing

A gaggle of kooks and rubes lawmakers from the hinterlands of Pennsyltucky Harrisburg are descending on the city today to spar over the future of state’s stranglehold on booze sales. Gov. Tom Corbett and his band of budget-obsessed merry men and woman are in favor of dismantling the state-controlled Wine & Spirits shops and raffling off liquor licenses to plug PA’s gaping hole of a deficit. Arguments for privatization include giving consumers a wider selection of products to choose from and convenience. Critics charge that while initial sell-off of licenses will be a big boon, over time the lost revenue from liquor sales will drive the state deeper into the red. No matter the outcome of today’s deliberations, the whole mess is surely going to drive those involved to drink. [Action News]

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Lawmakers Get Ready to Rumble Over the Pros and Cons of Liquor Privatization