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House Democratic Policy Committee Discusses Liquor Privatization

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Should the state privatize liquor stores? That's what Governor Corbett is pushing for, and on Wednesday, the Pennsylvania House Democratic Policy Committee met in Millcreek to discuss that possibility. 

The committee heard from state store union members and even owner of Beer and Pop Discount Warehouse, Peter Sirianni.

Everyone who spoke at the hearing agreed that the selling of state liquor stores would not be good for the state of Pennsylvania.

Governor Corbett has suggested putting funds from the sale of liquor stores towards education. Those opposing this bill say it won't really help.

Wendell Young, who represents people who work in Wine and Spirits stores in our state, said Pennsylvania would follow suit with the 47 other states who have privatized their liquor sales.

"It will cost not only the jobs of almost everybody that works for the Liquor Control Board, which is nearly 5,000 people, but it will also cause the loss of over 10,000  jobs of people who are employed in beer distributors here in Pennsylvania," said Young. "It will cause taxes increases and the price of alcohol to go up as the private sector takes over."

A voting meeting for this bill is scheduled for March 18.

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