June 13, 2012 |
HARRISBURG - The House of Representatives adjourned the day with no discussion, let alone a vote, on a much-talked about proposal to private Pennsylvania's state-run liquor stores. The Republican-controlled House had been set to resume debate Tuesday on a revamped plan to get the state out of the business of selling wine and hard liquor, but abruptly adjourned without doing so, leaving many to question whether the measure is dead for lack of votes. The proposal's key sponsor, House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R., Allegheny)
June 12, 2012 |
HARRISBURG — The state House of Representatives began debate Monday night on a liquor privatization bill, setting the stage for a historic vote on whether to get Pennsylvania out of the business of selling wine and liquor. The House debated for three hours whether to give preliminary approval to a revamped plan to sell off the state's 600-plus Wine and Spirits Stores. The chamber is expected to resume discussion on the bill Tuesday. The new proposal comes with a twist: Not only would it privatize wine and liquor sales, it would also change the way beer, already a privately run industry, is sold in Pennsylvania.
June 3, 2012 |
HARRISBURG — Call it liquor privatization, Round Two. Or is it Round Fifty-Two? Though June is crunch time for the state budget — and it's nearly summer in an election year — Pennsylvania House Republicans are making another push for action on a bill to privatize the state's Liquor Control Board. House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R., Allegheny) says he will try for a floor vote as early as this month on a bill he introduced last summer to auction off Pennsylvania's state-owned wine and liquor stores to private owners.
March 28, 2012 |
HARRISBURG - Another year, another bill proposing to let Pennsylvania residents have wine shipped directly to their homes from out-of-state wineries. This time around, though, wine lovers and legislators supporting the cause are cautiously optimistic that 2012 could finally be the year the measure becomes law. The state Senate is poised to vote Wednesday on legislation that would allow direct shipments from out-of-state wineries to a Pennsylvanian's doorstep. By all accounts, the bill is expected to pass, though its fate is murkier in the House, as it is with Gov. Corbett.
March 1, 2012 |
I've missed The Sopranos ever since it went off the air. But I've finally found the perfect substitute: the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. I'm not suggesting the LCB is mob-controlled, and I wasn't into the Sopranos because they were mobsters. To me, what made them special was how ridiculous they seemed when they tried to act like normal people. Think Tony Soprano taking time out of touring colleges with his daughter to strangle a rival. Or Christopher Moltisanti trying to sell a harebrained movie script to Ben Kingsley.
February 28, 2012 |
HARRISBURG - The state Liquor Control Board, oft-criticized for being the hapless brainchild of Prohibition days, is quietly trying to join the 21st century. With little fanfare, the agency has rolled out a new, free application for the iPhone, an "app" meant to make it easier to find your favorite wines and liquors - and perhaps impress your date. The LCB's app lets users search the location of their nearest wine and spirits store, peruse the latest list of wines and other products on sale, order wine for home delivery, and locate the closest and cheapest state store to buy a favorite bottle.
February 19, 2012 |
HARRISBURG - The newest buzzword in the Capitol for the future of the much-maligned state Liquor Control Board: modernization. Gone is the sense of urgency that existed last year to auction off Pennsylvania's 620-plus wine and spirits stores - a time when the clarion call from several Republican quarters, not least among them Gov. Corbett's office, was "privatization. " These days, top Republicans in Harrisburg are softening their rhetoric. Though insisting privatization is the ultimate goal, they say that in the interim, the state should implement measures to spiff up the LCB - make it more efficient, consumer-friendly, and profitable.
January 12, 2012 |
HARRISBURG - For the first time in more than 18 months, the state Liquor Control Board has approved an increase in prices on more than 300 wines and liquor brands. At its semimonthly meeting Wednesday, LCB officials were unanimous in voting for the price hikes, requested by vendors of the alcoholic beverages in the face of increasing transportation and other costs associated with putting liquor on retail shelves. For the last year and a half, the three-member board has been rejecting price-increase requests, given the bad economy.
January 11, 2012
HARRISBURG - The state Liquor Control Board is scheduled to vote Wednesday on whether to approve an increase in prices on more than 450 wines and hard liquor brands. The increases, requested by the vendors of the alcoholic beverages, are usually proposed for either $1 and $2, but go as low as 50 cents and as high as $5. If the board votes in favor of the increase, it would mark the first time in a year and a half that wine and liquor prices have gone up. In that time, the board has rejected requests for hikes, given the bad economy.