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March 15, 2013 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Gov. Corbett again made his case Wednesday for the privatization of liquor sales, saying "antiquated" laws hold Pennsylvania in a Prohibition-era mind-set. "Here in Pennsylvania we make it as hard as possible to buy a bottle of wine on a Sunday," said Corbett, speaking to the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce in Springfield and flanked by business leaders and educators. "We should listen to what the people want. " Corbett's pitch, to make 1,200 liquor licenses available to grocery stores, drugstores, and wholesalers, would lead to $1 billion in revenue, he said.
NEWS
March 13, 2013 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - State Inspector General Kenya Mann Faulkner, whose investigations cast a critical eye on everything from welfare fraud to freebies for state liquor officials, is quitting the Corbett administration to become general counsel at the University of Cincinnati. "As inspector general, Kenya's mission was to ensure integrity, accountability, and confidence in public programs, employees, and contracts," Gov. Corbett said Monday in a statement announcing the move. "She has worked diligently to exceed that goal.
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March 7, 2013 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - House Majority Leader Mike Turzai says he expected his chamber to vote this month on privatizing Pennsylvania's wine and spirits stores. Turzai (R., Allegheny) promised reporters at a news conference Tuesday that he would formally introduce legislation for Gov. Corbett's liquor privatization plan by the end of the day - and that's what he did. He said he expected a floor vote by March 31. "People recognize that it's time for change," said Turzai, the legislature's most vocal proponent of selling off Pennsylvania's 600-plus wine and spirits stores.
NEWS
March 3, 2013
A lawsuit charging that Budweiser is being watered down, filed in federal court in Philadelphia last week, seemed to tap into the zeitgeist. Sure, Anheuser-Busch InBev denies the accusation, and it notes that almost half the beers bought in this country are still sold by the maker of the crisp and consistent, if somewhat aqueous, King of Beers. But with Americans increasingly choosing the more distinctive offerings of the nation's myriad microbrewers, the popularity of watery stuff has reached a nadir.
NEWS
February 28, 2013 | By Karen Heller, Inquirer Columnist
The Pennsylvania House and Senate Appropriations Committees met this week to address modernizing everyone's favorite monopoly, the state Liquor Control Board. Right there, you've got your first problem. Pennsylvania, the land time forgot, doesn't do change. The board was founded at the end of Prohibition to, as Gov. Gifford Pinchot declared, "discourage the purchase of alcoholic beverages by making it as inconvenient and expensive as possible," a promise we can agree it has made good on to this day. We have the "temporary" 18 percent Johnstown Flood Tax that dates to 1936.
NEWS
February 27, 2013 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - Jobs are going unfilled. Morale is low. Even the chairman says he doesn't believe the state should be in the booze business. Yet the agency that runs Pennsylvania's liquor stores says that even in the face of Gov. Corbett's efforts to privatize its retail and wholesale operations, it is more productive than ever. Such was the testimony Monday by top officials at the Liquor Control Board budget hearing before the Senate Appropriations Committee. LCB brass said they have been turning more than $100 million a year in profit for the last several years - and kicking more than $80 million of that into the state's cash-strapped coffers.
NEWS
February 26, 2013 | By Angela Couloumbis, INQUIRER HARRISBURG BUREAU
HARRISBURG - Jobs are going unfilled. Morale is low. Even the chairman says he doesn't believe the state should be in the booze business. Yet the agency that runs Pennsylvania's liquor stores says that even in the face of Gov. Corbett's efforts to privatize its retail and wholesale operations, it is more productive than ever. Such was the testimony Monday by top officials at the Liquor Control Board budget hearing before the Senate Appropriations Committee. LCB brass said they have been turning more than $100 million a year in profit for the last several years - and kicking more than $80 million of that into the state's cash-strapped coffers.
NEWS
February 2, 2013 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pressing his campaign to privatize Pennsylvania liquor sales, Gov. Corbett borrowed a staff member's smartphone at a Philadelphia news conference to show a photograph and drive home a point. " 'Welcome, visitors. Sorry, no beer. We sell only wine and spirits. Beer is sold four lights up at 12th and Walnut Streets,' " he said, reading from the photo of a sign posted at a state liquor store in Center City. "That speaks to what we are talking about," the governor said. The point of his plan, he said, is consumer choice and convenience.
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