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Push for Privatized Booze on Hold

State lawmakers have halted a campaign for privatized alcohol, for now.

Due to lack of support in Harrisburg, the push to privatize liquor in PA has been put on hold.

According to a report from Philly.com, House majority leader Mike Turzai conceded that there was not enough support in the house to approve a privatization push this summer, though he plans to continue his campaign in the fall.

Gov. Tom Corbett reportedly said that he still supported privatizing the state’s liquor and that he felt fall was a good time to try again.

Ike June 22, 2012 at 07:01 PM
Yea , sure , so we can buy booze at the 7-11 . wawa acme ,,, Yea we can party all night long ...
H June 22, 2012 at 10:56 PM
Um....regardless of where people are buying it they are still partying all night long. Can't get it at a 24 hour 7Eleven?? Plan ahead and buy MORE so it will last you until the State run stores are open the next day!! You see, it's not stopping anyone from over indulging by limiting where and how much you can buy, it is making people buy more when they buy it because God forbid you might miss last call on Sunday for those few State stores that are actually open 12 to 5! I can't WAIT til privatization!! Bring it on!!
guest12 June 22, 2012 at 11:48 PM
Our reps Dinniman, Milne, Kampf stand where. We should know. In a recession these are good middle lower class jobs. Don't layoff these folks struggling on $35K but pay an unecessary Great Valley PR Director $125K while cutting classroom education. Stand with the middle class keep these jobs Cut the bureaucrats. Milne stood with the teachers & PSEA. Stand with the middle class Duane. Don't put these folks out in the cold.
A Taxpayer June 23, 2012 at 11:08 AM
Anybody been to New Hampshire? The State runs the booze industry and it's one of the biggest money makers for the State. AND the prices are lower than Maryland and New Jersey where private owners sell it. So how come Pennsylvania State run stores can't sell it cheaper and still make money? It's the taxes and amount of people required to run the system. PA should find out how NH does the job.
MalvernMel June 23, 2012 at 11:55 AM
@Taxpayer - NH doesn't have an 18% mark-up like we do for the Johnstown flood tax. Add 6% sales tax on top of that. But that extra 200 million into the general fund would have to come from somewhere else if they repealed the flood tax. As of now, it's coming from you.

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