As if no one saw this coming: The debate over privatizing Pennsylvania’s liquor stores appears to be dead. You’ll recall a bill penned by House Majority Leader Mike Turzai to transfer booze sales to the private sector made its way to the State House floor late Monday. But it seems as if what pro-privatization politicians were heralding as a historic event failed to make history yesterday. The Inky reports today that lawmakers didn’t even address the matter at all, which has some speculating that there simply isn’t enough support to push it through. With time running out before lawmakers break for summer, and negotiations on a state’s budget gobbling up the little bit that remains, it’s doubtful that privatization will be addressed again until this fall, or more likely, next year. Better luck next time. [Inquirer]
Still not going anywhere.