Privatization can wait
By The Tribune-Review
Published: Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, 8:52 p.m.
I see the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board is under attack again, in the column “The PLCB should not pass go” (Nov. 28 and TribLIVE.com) by Jay D. Ostrich of the Commonwealth Foundation.
Just on an ethical consideration, I don't think the state should be in retail sales, especially where it has a monopoly. Of course, I'm referring to the PLCB. But before we form a “wolf pack” to torpedo the PLCB, let's “up 'scope” and take a look around.
Pennsylvania has a Legislature that's too big, a Turnpike Commission that's too corrupt, a teachers union that's too powerful and too greedy, and two out-of-control public transit authorities that are too poorly managed.
That's five agencies that are an enormous financial drain on the state. We certainly should rally 'round to get those money pits cleaned up before we look too hard at the PLCB, which turns profit money back to the state yearly.
And while we're at it, maybe now would be a propitious time to demand that Penn State account for the money it receives from the state or it should be taken off the handout list. This just seems like a reasonable priority list to me.
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