Liquor privatization: Pa. Gov. Corbett wants to shut state-run stores, auction licenses

HARRISBURG PATRIOT NEWS: Governor Tom Corbett today in Pittsburgh unveiled sweeping initiatives to privatize Pennsylvania’s state-run wine and spirits stores.

Under his plan, the state’s 600 state-owned liquor stores would be shut down, with about 1,200 wine and spirit licenses auctioned off and separate licenses available for supermarkets, convenience stores and big-box retailers.

Supermarkets and big-box retailers, such as WalMarts, could sell beer and wine and convenience stores beer, giving what Corbett said would be expanded choice and convenience for consumers. More importantly, Corbett said it would get the state out of the business of selling alcohol…  (more)

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Updated: January 31, 2013 — 11:02 am