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Liquor Stores: Voters Support Privatization

Pennsylvania’s governor announces his plan to privatize liquor sales and a poll shows voters favor privatization. What do you think?

The idea of privatizing Pennsylvania’s liquor stores is not new.

The majority of voters support the idea, according to a Franklin & Marshall College Poll.

Of those polled, 34 percent strongly supported and 19 percent somewhat supported privatization, while 10 percent somewhat opposed and 24 percent strongly opposed.

Historic data shows an interesting swing in support. The combined support of both strongly and somewhat was 53 percent in this February 2012 poll and in a June 2002 poll, the combines support was 55 percent, but the breakdown was different.

In 2012, 34 percent strongly supported privatization, which is down from 42 percent in 2002. In 2012, 19 percent somewhat supported privatization, which is up from 13 percent in 2002.

Gov. Tom Corbett has favored privatizing liquor stores since he took office in 2011 and a plan last year failed, but now the governor himself is has his own plan take the entire system public and use the proceeds to set up funding for education. (Watch the YouTube video to the right if you want to hear him explain his plan.)

“We don’t need to sell our state stores to the highest bidder to bring in money to fund education, especially if the money gained can only be used once,” said state Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) in a press release.

Do you think that Pennsylvania’s liquor stores should be private? Do you think you should be able to buy six packs of beer at beer distributors? Do you think you should be able to buy beer and wine at the grocery store?

The February 2012 Franklin & Marshall College Poll interviewed 622 Pennsylvania voters between January 29 and February 3. The margin of error is reported as plus or minus 3.9 percentage points.

Albert Brooks February 14, 2013 at 10:04 PM
So if there are 10,000 skus he knows them all. You do realize how silly that sounds. I don't shop at state stores anymore so I don't have to deal with it. And while you can't make me do anything if your husband cares to post I'll reply.
Jess February 14, 2013 at 10:21 PM
I dont care how silly it sounds to you.. he has a memory like a spomge, and hes been doing it for the past 6+ years. He actually LIKES his job and takes pride in it, and takes the time to LEARN it. But hes unskilled and just an overpaid cashier. So you dont care about him at all. Does it really matter if he posts to you or not? Its not going to change your ONE sided opinion.. and to be honest, your opinion means nothing to me and I am done justifing him and his job to you..because you are not even the person we have to worry about. You can cry about why you hate the PLCB, but you are JUST a rare book seller and you have no pull in this. Keep voting against it bud!
Jess February 14, 2013 at 10:33 PM
before we even get into this... how long have you been out of the union? Just want to make sure this is a recent change and not that you left 10 years ago or anything... And yes, we take full responsibility.... we BOTH (even my "unskilled" husband) work verry hard for everything we have. ???? Where are you going with this?
Albert Brooks February 15, 2013 at 01:13 AM
I never said anything about if he was over paid or not. I said to compare it to the prevailing wage. Arguments work better when you use facts in front of you and based on your posts to try and convince me otherwise you do care what my and others opinions are. BTW, I'll keep voting FOR it.
waldo von erich February 17, 2013 at 05:59 PM
The idea of privatizing Pennsylvania’s liquor, iam in favor of it, the state should not be running liquor stores. why does not the retail clerks union buy some of the state stores so they can be employee owned and operated ? liquor control board is another group that should dissolved .

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