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Petitioning Senator, Pennsylvania Senate Law and Justice Committee Honorable Senator Charles McIlhinney and 9 others
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Senator, Pennsylvania Senate Law and Justice Committee
Honorable Senator Charles McIlhinney
Senator, Pennsylvania Senate Law and Justice Committee
Honorable Senator John Rafferty
Senator, Pennsylvania Senate Law and Justice Committee
Honorable Senator Donald White
Senator, Pennsylvania Senate Law and Justice Committee
Honorable Senator Gene Yaw
Senator, Pennsylvania Senate Law and Justice Committee
Honorable Senator Richard Alloway
Senator, Pennsylvania Senate Law and Justice Committee
Honorable Senator Edwin Erickson
Senator, Pennsylvania Senate Law and Justice Committee
Honorable Senator Jim Ferlo
Senator, Pennsylvania Senate Law and Justice Committee
Honorable Senator Wayne Fontana
Senator, Pennsylvania Senate Law and Justice Committee
Honorable Senator Christine Tartaglione
Senator, Pennsylvania Senate Law and Justice Committee
Honorable Senator Anthony Williams

Pennsylvania Senate: Stop the Privatization of the PA Liquor Control Board

Privatization is a terrible idea and we need to stop it.

Don't be deceived by the "price tag" of selling the liquor stores--that is a one-time capital income. Wine and Spirits shops bring in more than $500 million a year for Pennsylvania, which goes to funding schools, hospitals and other vital services. Privatizing would mean we’d lose that revenue. That means every year there is $500M missing which requires us to either cut more public services or raise taxes to make up the difference.

Furthermore, Wine and Spirits employees are NOT paid by your taxes. Their salaries are covered by the cost of the alcohol. (Therefore, privatizing will NOT lower your taxes.)

Privatizing would eliminate 5000 middle-class jobs. These individuals won't get easy jobs elsewhere. There are only so many civil service positions throughout the state and big box stores don't need to hire more employees to put more products on the shelf. Furthermore, those PLCB employees are very knowledgeable about what they sell; you won't get that kind of service from a big box store...and small stores won't be able to afford licenses.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also has warned states not to privatize alcohol services because of the risk it poses to public safety. PLCB employees are held accountable--they can lose their jobs for selling alcohol to underage or intoxicated individuals.

PLCB provides a wide selection of reasonably-priced alcohols. Because it is a large organization, they have buying power to procure more brands and keep them at good prices. In other states, like Washington State, where they forced through privatization of state-run stores, prices went up and selection went down for consumers.

To summarize: don't trust the claims that privatizing will benefit Pennsylvania. It would kill 5,000 middle-class jobs, take away $500 million annually in revenue that goes to support Pennsylvania schools, hospitals and other vital services and could lead to less selection and higher prices for consumers.  Stop HB790 and similar legislation to privatize the PLCB!

 


Letter to
Senator, Pennsylvania Senate Law and Justice Committee Honorable Senator Charles McIlhinney
Senator, Pennsylvania Senate Law and Justice Committee Honorable Senator John Rafferty
Senator, Pennsylvania Senate Law and Justice Committee Honorable Senator Donald White
and 7 others
Senator, Pennsylvania Senate Law and Justice Committee Honorable Senator Gene Yaw
Senator, Pennsylvania Senate Law and Justice Committee Honorable Senator Richard Alloway
Senator, Pennsylvania Senate Law and Justice Committee Honorable Senator Edwin Erickson
Senator, Pennsylvania Senate Law and Justice Committee Honorable Senator Jim Ferlo
Senator, Pennsylvania Senate Law and Justice Committee Honorable Senator Wayne Fontana
Senator, Pennsylvania Senate Law and Justice Committee Honorable Senator Christine Tartaglione
Senator, Pennsylvania Senate Law and Justice Committee Honorable Senator Anthony Williams
Stop the Privatization of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB)--HB 790 and any similar legislation.

Don't be deceived by the "price tag" of selling the liquor stores--that is a one-time capital income. Wine and spirits shops bring in more than $500 million a year for Pennsylvania, which goes to funding schools, hospitals and other vital services. Privatizing would mean we’d lose that revenue. That means every year there is $500M missing which requires us to either cut more public services or raise taxes to make up the difference.

Furthermore, Wine and Spirits employees are NOT paid by your taxes. Their salaries are covered by the cost of the alcohol. (Therefore, privatizing will NOT lower your taxes.)

Privatizing would eliminate 5000 middle-class jobs. These individuals won't get easy jobs elsewhere. There are only so many civil service positions throughout the state and big box stores don't need to hire more employees to put more products on the shelf. Furthermore, those PLCB employees are very knowledgeable about what they sell; you won't get that kind of service from a big box store...and small stores won't be able to afford licenses.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also has warned states not to privatize alcohol services because of the risk it poses to public safety. PLCB employees are held accountable--they can lose their jobs for selling alcohol to underage or intoxicated individuals.

PLCB provides a wide selection of reasonably-priced alcohols. Because it is a large organization, they have buying power to procure more brands and keep them at good prices. In other states, like Washington State, where they forced through privatization of state-run stores, prices went up and selection went down for consumers.

To summarize: don't trust the claims that privatizing will benefit Pennsylvania. It would kill 5,000 middle-class jobs, take away $500 million annually in revenue that goes to support Pennsylvania schools, hospitals and other vital services and could lead to less selection and higher prices for consumers. Stop HB790 and similar legislation to privatize the PLCB!