TribLIVE

| State


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Ferlo pushes plan to keep and improve state liquor stores

Guy Wathen | Tribune-Review guy lcb112 2
Bottles of wine for sale at a Wine & Spirits store in Hempfield on January 11, 2012.

Daily Photo Galleries

Thursday, March 7, 2013, 12:56 a.m.
 

HARRISBURG — As debate continues over privatizing the state liquor system, a Democratic senator on Wednesday proposed legislation that would keep and improve the state stores.

Sen. Jim Ferlo of Highland Park sent a memo to colleagues seeking co-sponsors for a bill to “modernize” Pennsylvania's Wine and Spirits stores.

The 619 stores could close under legislation pushed by Republican Gov. Tom Corbett. The House plans to vote on Corbett's bill, or an amended version, when its liquor committee considers the bill in two weeks.

“I am proud to introduce legislation to modernize, rather than privatize, Pennsylvania's liquor sales operations,” Ferlo said.

“My proposal will address consumer concerns, protect middle-class jobs, and move the revenue-generating asset that is the (Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board) forward into the future.”

Ferlo said his legislation would address pricing, flexibility in hiring, direct shipment of wine and changes in beer sales.

His ideas would allow stores “to operate at peak performance, and will help produce as much as $100 million,” Ferlo said.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Pennsylvania

  1. Licensing boards increase fees to cover costs that include investigations
  2. Secret Santa saves the day for York County senior center residents
  3. LCB ruling could mean home-delivered beer in Pa.
  4. Sandusky won’t get his pension back
  5. Liquor Control Board, Pennsylvania universities target problem drinking
  6. Newsmaker: Jeffrey Leonhardt
  7. Erie man charged with 1990 slaying of Virginia Beach woman
  8. Western Pennsylvania lawmakers among 200 who lost pensions for bad behavior
  9. Most Penn State trustees boycott special meeting on legal action against football program
  10. Philadelphia mother pleads guilty as boy, 2, shoots, kills sister
  11. Chronic wasting disease in deer may be game changer in Pa.
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.