Republicans plot the future of liquor in Pa.

    At New York City’s Pennsylvania Society events, Republicans celebrated their big November victories, and plotted next year’s agenda.

    Republicans took center stage at the midtown Manhattan receptions.

    The GOP will control the House, Senate and governor’s office next year, and legislative leaders are already plotting which proposals to work on first.

    Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi says he’s met with House Republican leaders to discuss how to try and sell off state-owned liquor stores.

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    “Well, we’ve had preliminary discussions with Representative Turzai and Representative Smith,” says Pileggi. ” What we need to do is find out what the best order of proceeding is.”

    That is, whether the bill will start in the House or the Senate.

    Republican lawmakers say their goal is to privatize the state stores before July, so the revenue can help fill next year’s anticipated multi-billion dollar budget gap.

    The proposal is expected to be met with fierce resistance from unions, anti-liquor groups and other interests.




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