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Radio Smart Talk: What PA can learn from Washington liquor sales going private

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Sep 24, 2012 5:46 PM

Radio Smart Talk for Tuesday, September 25:

LiquorStore.jpgPennsylvania is one of seven states that control the retail sale of liquor to consumers.  It's been that way since Probition ended in the 1930s.  For the last three decades, there have been several proposals to end state control of alcohol sales, but none have ever been successful.  Opponents say privatizing will lead to more drinking, less revenue for the state, and state liquor store employees losing their jobs.

The General Assembly could once again visit legislation this fall to auction off licenses and allow retail establishments to sell wine and spirits.  Gov. Tom Corbett, like his Republican predessessors Dick Thornburgh and Tom Ridge, support "getting the state out of the liquor business" saying it would be more convenient for consumers, would result in competition and more choices.  Furthermore, many say selling liquor is not a core function of government.

On Tuesday's Radio Smart Talk, we'll hear from the Deputy Director of the Washington State Liquor Control Board.  Last June, Washington went from a state-run to private retail liquor sales system.  We'll find out what happened and if Pennsylvania can learn anything.

What do you want to know about the transition from public to private liquor sales in Washington?

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