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Modernize or Privatize the State Liquor Store System?

March 28, 2011

Jay Petrie of Solebury Pa., shops at a newly opened state wine and liquor store in New Hope Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Hour 1

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett and Harrisburg Republicans have given new emphasis to the push to privatize the commonwealth’s state stores and its monopoly on alcohol sales. In response, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board has unveiled a plan to modernize the state system but keep it in government hands. They’ve suggested extending store hours, changing hiring rules, and allowing direct wine shipments to homes.  Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Chairman PATRICK STAPLETON tells Marty about some of the PLCB’s proposed changes to improve the stores.  We’ll also talk with blogger LEW BRYSON about the pros of privatizing the state stores.

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