MAY 23, 2013 | by JOHN BOUDER
On Wednesday, Harrisburg was graced with a visit from Hip Hop mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs, hawking premium Cîroc vodka to Pennsylvania entrepreneurs business owners trade associations government bureaucrats who monopolize liquor sales in the state.
MAY 22, 2013 | by NATHAN BENEFIELD
Critics of liquor store privatization claim that a CDC study suggests liquor privatization would result in greater social harms. The problem: The flawed study doesn't support that claim, and the Task Force admits that they can't find a link between privatization of liquor sales and social harms.
MAY 17, 2013 | by DAWN MELING
Have you heard that liquor privatization is dead? Or maybe just mostly dead? Well, as one of the great philosophers of our time (Billy Crystal in The Princess Bride) once said: “There’s a big difference between mostly dead and DEAD.” And here in Pennsylvania, there’s a big difference between mostly dead and where liquor privatization actually stands.
MAY 15, 2013 | by BOB DICK
Another year and another audit of the PLCB released by the Auditor General’s Office found mismanagement at the state agency. The report noted the agency is plagued by "internal control weakness over financial reporting for capital assets." In other words, the PLCB lacks any policy to label and keep track of its inventory properly, which led the agency to overstate its assets by over $1 million dollars.
The United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) is spending a million in order to save a million—every year!
The UFCW announced a $1 million statewide television ad buy attacking "reckless" liquor privatization proposals. But the real "reckless scheme" is the union’s shameful attempt to mislead the public to protect its own political and financial largess. The Commonwealth Foundation estimates that UFCW 1776 receives approximately $1.2 million annually in forced union dues collected from roughly 2,100 members employed in the state-run liquor stores.