Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Gov. Tom Corbett wants the state Senate to pass a liquor privatization bill before the end of June.
Tuesday, April 23
By Eric Boehm | PA Independent CAMP HILL, Pa.— Gov. Tom Corbett said Friday he wants the state Senate to pass a liquor privatization bill before the end of June and reaffirmed that he wants the proceeds from the sale of the state-owned wine and spirit stores to go to school districts. Related story: Pa.'s Prohibition Era May Finally End Addressing a crowd of conservative activists at the Pennsylvania Leadership Conference in this suburb of Harrisburg, Corbett asked if there were any state Senators in the crowd and delivered a straightforward request. “We’re asking the Senate to act,” Corbett said. “Get something to my desk by June 30.” The state House passed a liquor privatization bill in March, without the support of a single Democratic …
Sunday, January 20, 2013
After years of failure, there is a chance 2013 will be the year Pennsylvania ditches the state monopoly for liquor sales.
Sunday, January 20
By Eric Boehm | PA Independent HARRISBURG – Corbett administration officials were hard at last week crafting a proposal that might finally lift Pennsylvania out of last vestiges of the Prohibition Era. After years of failure, there is a chance 2013 will be the year Pennsylvania ditches the state monopoly for liquor sales. Sources who have attended a series of meeting with the administration in recent weeks to help craft a still-unfinished proposal are hopeful that an announcement will be made in the next two weeks – before Gov. Tom Corbett gives his annual budget address, scheduled for Feb. 5. Several people with knowledge of the discussions say the administration is taking the lead on the issue this time, a notable shift from how Corbett …
Sunday, June 17, 2012
Unions are wielding their influence in the battle over whether to privatize Pennsylvania liquor stores
Sunday, June 17, 2012
By Eric Boehm | PA Independent HARRISBURG — Don't touch that bottle. It belongs to Pennsylvania, at least for now. Richard Granger, clad in a bright yellow shirt, is pleased. He stood alongside dozens of people Wednesday on the marble steps of the state Capitol, the most obvious sign of layers of effort that helped stop a vote to privatize Pennsylvania's state-owned liquor business. Granger and his brightly-clad comrades are members of the United Food and Commercial Workers, the union that represents many of the nearly 5,000 workers in Pennsylvania’s liquor business. The union led the opposition to the privatization plan pushed by House Majority Leader Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny, staging a sit-in at the Capitol and telling members to …