Corbett on liquor: 'I really don't care if we get a dime for it'

We agree with Gov. Tom Corbett that there's more to think about in the debate over privatization of state liquor stores than dollars and cents. Besides the $1.1 to $1.6 billion a new report says the state could collect by selling 1,500 private store licenses, there's the question of whether the state should be in the business of selling liquor at all -- that's the issue Corbett is highlighting -- as well as the issue of eliminating thousands of middle class jobs. But we think Corbett greatly overstates things when he says the money isn't part of the metric. Pennsylvania taxpayers own a valuable asset. They probably shouldn't -- but that doesn't mean the state shouldn't consider whether it can get a good value for them before it sells them off.

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