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Articles pertaining to the privatization of the Pennsylvania Control and Liquor Board
PA State Rep. Mike Turzai has proposed selling off the state's Wine and Spirits stores. On December 13 the House Liquor Control Committee amended his bill, HB 11. Although the new HB 11 does not eliminate the PA Wine and Spirit stores, it does introduce a significant level of privatization that would be a death by a thousand cuts to a system that provides our family-sustaining jobs, protects our communities and benefits all Pennsylvania taxpayers and consumers.
The Philadelphia Inquirer is running a poll asking its readers if the PA Wine and Spirits stores should be privatized. Visit here to vote.
President Obama has chosen the right fight, Robert Reich observes -- it's long past time for the ultra wealthy to pay their fair share of taxes. To read Reich's article and his sensible recipe for curing our ailing economy, visit here.
Pennsylvania's Auditor General, Jack Wagner, says that selling off the state's Wine and Spirits stores would be a big mistake financially. He says that the stores generate a significant profit for taxpayers -- way more than the value that the profiteers say they can raise by selling an asset that benefits all Pennsylvanians. Visit here to read the Auditor General's comments.
The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is an extreme right-wing organization funded by shady conservative third parties, including the infamously far-right Koch brothers. They are dedicated to giving Big Business a direct role in crafting legislation that will benefit themselves, then urging state legislators to pass those exact bills.
It was recently revealed that several Pennsylvania Republican lawmakers, including State Rep. and House Leader Mike Turzai, use taxpayer dollars to pay their membership dues.
Sampling attitudes toward privatization at a state store
WHYY Newsworks, by Dave Davies, September 6, 2011
Ever been to a wine-tasting at a state store? I hadn't either, but I've been following the debate over the proposal in Harrisburg to privatize liquor and wine sales in Pennsylvania, and when I saw on the state Liquor Control Board website they were having many such events, I decided to stop by and see what I could hear.