Gov. Corbett says he's taking lead on liquor store privatization

Written by Craig Layne and Radio Pennsylvania | Jan 30, 2013 5:04 AM
Wine bottles

(Harrisburg) -- Governor Corbett is gearing up to push a plan to privatize state-run liquor stores through the Pennsylvania legislature.

He's expected to announce his proposal Wednesday.

Corbett says privatizing the more than 600 state stores would lead to lower prices and more convenience for consumers.

"I can't tell you how many people come up to me, who I don't even know, who say, 'can you please just allow me to get wine and beer in a grocery store,' or do this or do that," Corbett says.

A privatization bill never made it to a vote on the House floor last year, but Corbett says lawmakers have been working behind the scenes to draft a plan that will earn approval.

He says only Pennsylvania and Utah maintain complete control over the distribution and sale of wine and spirits.

Corbett made his comments about liquor store privatization on Radio Pennsylvania's "Ask the Governor" program.

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