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Articles pertaining to the privatization of the Pennsylvania Control and Liquor Board
HARRISBURG – (Nov. 4, 2011) – A new statewide poll shows that House Majority Leader Mike Turzai’s obsession with dismantling Pennsylvania’s Wine and Spirits shops – jeopardizing 5,000 jobs and creating higher taxes and prices in the process – is not shared by an overwhelming majority of Pennsylvania voters.
PLYMOUTH MEETING, PA (October 25, 2011) – The Public Financial Management report on proposals to dismantle Pennsylvania’s Wine and Spirits shops confirms what many observers have understood for months now: taxes and prices for wine and spirits will increase, especially for those Pennsylvanians living in rural areas, said Wendell W. Young IV, President of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1776 and Chair of the UFCW of PA Wine and Spirit Council.
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.