Beer distributor's view
By The Tribune-Review
Published: Sunday, March 3, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Beer distributor's view
I find the Trib's stance favoring liquor-sales privatization ignorant of details. Maybe the state should not be in the liquor business, but the details of our ignorant governor's plan only show how beholden he is to political donors.
“D”-license beer distributors, of which there are about 1,200, would have to pay $150,000 for the privilege of selling wine and spirits. Yet the big-box stores, large grocery chains and large pharmacies would pay a pittance to obtain those licenses (including beer). Where is the equity?
We have been hobbled by Liquor Control Board regulations since Prohibition ended. Now, all of a sudden, Gov. Corbett sees fit to gut regulation in the name of children and convenience. Cut me a break! So, before the Trib again pushes privatization of the liquor stores, look at the whole deal and the fine print.
Does the sale of casino gambling licenses ring a bell? The state sold the licenses for $50 million, vs. the $300 million to $400 million that was estimated by outside sources.
Wake up, Trib. The proof of this bad deal is in the fine print. Corbett is a master of obfuscation under the guise of “liquor privatization.” If all else fails, it is for the children and convenience. “Payback” sounds better.
The writer owns Bargain Beer N Pop in Johnstown.
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