Should the PLCB be privatized?



On Monday, Pennsylvania’s House Committee on Liquor Control presented their revised version of Governor Corbett’s bill to privatize the sale of wine and hard liquor. The plan includes potentially slowing down the auctioning of the 600 stores, keeping some state-owned stores open in rural counties, and giving beer distributors purchasing priority of the 1,2000 wine and spirits retail licenses. A debate may begin on the House floor by the end of this week. We’ll look at the merits of a privately run system with LEW BRYSON, author of the blog, “Why the PLCB Should Be Abolished,” and the downsides of losing control of the 80 year-old system with writer and activist MARC STIER.

Go to NewsWorks for our guests’ recent essays for Speak Easy:

Bryson: One reason to privatize the Pa. state liquor store system »

Stier: 6 reasons why we should keep the state wine and liquor stores »

AP Photo/Matt Rourke

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