The Daily Item
This is response to a recent letter concerning the advantages of maintaining state run liquor stores versus privatization. I ask the writer where was this “filthy” private liquor store and was that the only private liquor she has ever visited?
My husband and I have seen and visited many private liquor stores in Florida, New Jersey, Maryland, Alabama and in New England. We have never encountered filthy stores. They are clean, well stocked and run by caring and well educated employees who are helpful in helping customers select wines, beer and liquor. Most importantly their prices are lower with a greater selection than here in Pennsylvania. They are strict in checking IDs and following their state regulations with regard to collecting sales taxes. Most are locally owned and operated and run in rental or owned property that pay real estate and school taxes.
Since liquor licenses can be revoked, they insure that their business is properly run and they only hire local residents.
While the LCB does collect revenue for the state, private stores would collect the same amount without the added financial burden of thousands of state employees salaries, pensions and health care costs. These savings can be utilized to improve roads and increased school aid.
Our state needs to address the desires of the population of 12-plus million residents and not kowtow to a small but vocal group of state store unionized employees.
Our current governor along with others over the past three decades have promised to reform the LCB and turn over the business of selling wine and liquor to private business.
The time has come for reform and smaller state government. The LCB was created out of the disaster called prohibition, another failed government program, that caused the rapid rise of organized crime. The state approved private casino so why not private liquor stores.
Finally, November of 2014 is just around the corner and our leaders that don’t keep their word should be voted out of office.