Pa. lawmakers meet in Philly to hear about privatizing liquor stores

    State lawmakers are coming to Philly today to hear testimony on the pros and cons of privatizing state liquor and wine stores.

    And everyone’s got an opinion, so it could take awhile. 

    Supporters, including Gov. Tom Corbett, see privatization as a way to help the state close a projected multibillion-dollar deficit. Many say a free-market system will give consumers more choices and convenience.

    Opponents question how much money the state can raise by selling liquor licenses. They also argue that state employees would be more vigilant in policing sales to minors.

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    Among those scheduled to testify today at 10 a.m. before House committee members are policy researchers, union representatives and Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board CEO Joe Conti.

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