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Bruce West 
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Re: “Corbett says it's time for the state to get out of the liquor business

? Let me tell you that the PLCB is a self sufficient state run system that puts money BACK into the coffers. If it is done away with, 4000+ people will be ot of work. Only the big box stores, grocery stores, etc will be able to purchase the licenses as the cost will be prohibitive for mom and pop stores. Will prices drop? Very doubtful, the state hase such huge buying power, that no-one other than Walmart type stores will be able to force suppliers to low prices. Lets say I buy a small store in PA. Am I going to keep a wide variety of stock? Nope, just what SELLS, the basics, so your "choices will be farely nonexistent" except for basics, unless your store is in a bigger city. A huge area of PA is rural and most of this rural area will not benefit from the " so called positives" of the proposed plan. It would be a quick windfall for the state, but over the longterm, the money that the PLCB puts into the coffers each year will disappear. Don't quote me, but they put something like 200 million back into the state. So other than a get rich scheme, based in our capital city, (harrisburg pa) that is near bankruptcy, it would be shooting our selves in the foot, and putting thousands out of work and that loss of revenue. I can almost guarentee higher prices, big stores as owners (and they have deeper pockets to have lower prices) not many rural stores, less choices, poor product knowledge, no specialty oredering/transfers from nearby PLCB run liquor stores, and many other issues that I cannot go into detail. No I do not work for the state, nor am I affiliated with it. Just a concerned citizen who like to imbide once in a while. Also, who will head up alcohol education for our youngin's?

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Posted by Bruce West on 01/31/2013 at 7:35 PM

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