Corbett to release liquor privatization study today

Gov. Corbett said his office on Tuesday afternoon will finally be releasing its much-anticipated study on privatizing the sale of wine and liquor in Pennsylvania.

The study was commissioned earlier this year by Corbett, a privatization proponent. No details were immediately available, but Corbett, speaking at an unrelated event Tuesday morning, said nothing contained in the nearly 300-page report has changed his opinion that the state’s wine and spirits shops must be auctioned off.

“We should not be in the business of selling alcohol,” Corbett said, noting what he called the “inherent conflict” of having the same agency – the state Liquor Control Board – be in charge of both regulating the sale of liquor, and pushing to sell as much as it can.

Over the summer, House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R., Allegheny) introduced a bill calling for privatizing both the retail and wholesale operations of the LCB.  With so many other big-ticket items on the agenda this fall, including school vouchers and a proposed drilling impact fee, it is questionable whether the legislature will have enough time to tackle the liquor issue this fall.



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