House GOP proposal aims to bid farewell to 18 percent liquor tax

    A House GOP proposal aims to create separate license categories for liquor stores and would end the 18 percent tax.

    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports the proposal would kill off the 18 percent liquor tax in favor of a per-gallon tax, which is used in other states where liquor is sold privately.

    The bill, according to the report, is expected to be announced Wednesday by House Majority Leader Mike Turzai, R-Bradford.

    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review says the measure would close the 609 state-run liquor stores and auction more than 750 licenses to the highest bidders.

    According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the proposal would then end Pennsylvania’s status as only one of two states that control wholesale and retail sales.

    Utah is the only other state that runs under the same system as Pennsylvania.

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