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Maybe this means we could get a couple nice wine shops, eventually

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You may have seen the hubbub about Gov. Corbett’s plan to privatize liquor sales, which makes so much sense it’s mind-boggling that it wasn’t done 30 yeas ago.

The Daily News’ Will Bunch makes a valid point. It’s been tried several times.

The governor stepped up to the podium and assured Pennsylvanians that his bold plan to privatize liquor stores was “certain to offer greater variety, better prices, more convenient hours and locations . . . and effective and helpful service.” That happened on Jan. 28 – in 1981. The governor was Richard Thornburgh.

But, as Bunch says, there’s something about this plan that gives it a fighting chance.

It would pass the estimated $1 billion from sales of the state stores along to public schools. Very crafty, Corbett.

So what’s different this time? With education funding under stress, Corbett believes that taking the extra money from the sale of licenses – to supermarkets and other retail outlets, as well as “enhanced” licenses that would let some existing beer distributors sell harder booze, wine and six-packs of beer – and giving it to school districts as block grants is a game-changer.

Eventually, that could mean that all these nice BYOBs around here could have some valuable neighbors. That’s synergy, people! Not only would it improve convenience and selection, it would spur growth in the city’s dozens of commercial corridors. We’re looking at you, girls from The Bottle Shop!

So, write your state rep and state senator (find who they are here), and tell them to get their asses in gear.




2 Responses to Maybe this means we could get a couple nice wine shops, eventually

  1. Christine January 31, 2013 at 12:27 pm #

    I’m all for privatization of alcohol sales. But- beware that Corbett’s plan is not to completely remove government from the process and allow private entities to make their own decisions. His plan is to sell of licenses to sell alcohol at high prices- essentially pitting small independent shops up against huge mega wine and liquore stores. It’s not the right solution- but we’re all so eager to get booze that we may be too willing to take whatever change we can get- and we need to be wary of that.

  2. Adam Z January 31, 2013 at 1:07 pm #

    I think we need to see more of the plan, but I agree that it could be tough for smaller independent wine stores to open.

    But it would be great to have one or two on the Avenue.

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