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Received this e-mail today from Keystone Progress regarding Pennsylvania taxpayers and Governor Tom Corbett (R. PA):
Governor Tom Corbett is at it again.

He told us cutting corporate taxes would create jobs. But after he gave corporations hundreds of millions in tax breaks, Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate went up.

He promised to clean up Harrisburg and change the way the “politicians” do business, but he and his wife have taken free yacht trips, helicopter rides, tickets to black-tie galas and other goodies from corporate and lobbyist friends.

And he insisted that his backroom deal to outsource the State Lottery to a foreign corporation was legal, until Attorney General Kathleen Kane declared it unconstitutional.

In the most recent polling, 47% of Pennsylvanians disapprove of the job Governor Corbett is doing, because of his out-of-touch actions and attacks on working families.

Now he has a new scheme: to privatize sales of wine and spirits by dismantling a system that generates half-a-billion dollars a year for state taxpayers and turning it over to his corporate friends. Corbett’s scheme will risk the public safety of the citizens of Pennsylvania and hurt our families and communities by allowing an unlimited amount of outlets to sell alcohol.

Tom Corbett has said the reason our unemployment rate is so high is because workers are too. Yet, now he wants to throw another 5,000 Pennsylvanians on the unemployment line and create even more drinking problems by wildly putting alcohol on every corner with his reckless privatization scheme.

Corbett’s liquor privatization plan will:

Cost thousands of jobs.  At a time when Pennsylvania is still struggling to fully recover from the Great Recession, the Corbett plan could put as many as 17,000 workers at beer distributors and in the state’s wine and spirit shops system out of their jobs.

Put more pressure on taxpayers by cutting state revenues. The PLCB generates more than $500 million for Pennsylvania each year. Those revenues will be dramatically slashed under Corbett’s plan.

Lead to higher prices and reduced selection.  Washington State’s newly privatized system - similar to Corbett’s plan - has raised prices and limited selection so much that consumers are driving across the border to Oregon and Idaho, which have state liquor stores, to purchase their alcohol.

Contact your State Senator and tell her/him to reject Corbett’s latest scheme to help his corporate friends at our expense:

https://secure3.convio.net/...

Tell your Senator to support a common-sense alternative that keeps the profitable system that benefits all taxpayers but improves convenience and gives the wine and spirits shops greater pricing and purchasing flexibility:

https://secure3.convio.net/...

You can sign the petition here:

https://secure3.convio.net/...

Originally posted to pdc on Mon May 06, 2013 at 10:14 AM PDT.

Also republished by DKos Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Area Kossacks, In Support of Labor and Unions, and The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party.

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  •  Tip Jar (5+ / 0-)

    Funny Stuff at http://www.funnyordie.com/oresmas

    by poopdogcomedy on Mon May 06, 2013 at 10:14:15 AM PDT

  •  not a new scheme - since 1960s states (1+ / 0-)
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    have been doing this (following the repeal of Prohibition in 1933) and Corbett is not the first GOP Pennsylvania governor to run on and win with this as part of his platform.  A lot of people, including a lot of Democrats, think we should have private liquor stores - like New Jersey and Delaware.  The open secret is that people who need to buy large quantities of liquor - for large private parties, including holiday parties, at home, for private clubs, for some restaurants and even for some bars - drive across the river to New Jersey or across the state line into Delaware to buy the cases of liquor and wine at cheaper prices.  The taxes paid on those large or bulk purchases all go to New Jersey or Delaware and not a penny goes to Pennsylvania.  The PA state store vestige of pre-1933 Prohibition is doomed for repeal eventually.

  •  The State Store system works very well, and as (0+ / 0-)

    intended, esp. by the religious conservative Dries to provide regulated and of the State Store profits to his buddies in big business by privatizing it. The stores themselves are clean and well-stocked( much more so then the dingy NJ and Del. stores) and now provide 7 day a week service. The myth of hoards of people bringing in giant liquor supplies from out of state is quite exaggerated.

    "They will not collect a ransom in exchange for not crashing the American economy. The full faith and credit of the United States of America is not a bargaining chip."

    by TofG on Mon May 06, 2013 at 10:56:09 AM PDT

    •  Oops! Post should read: The State Store system (1+ / 0-)
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      marina

      works very well, and as intended, esp. by the religious conservative Dries to provide regulated sales of liquor and wine. Corbett's goal is essentially to divert some of the State Store profits to his buddies in big business by privatizing it. The stores themselves are clean and well-stocked ( much more so then the dingy NJ and Del. stores) and now provide 7 day a week service. The myth of hoards of people bringing in giant liquor supplies from out of state is quite exaggerated.

      "They will not collect a ransom in exchange for not crashing the American economy. The full faith and credit of the United States of America is not a bargaining chip."

      by TofG on Mon May 06, 2013 at 10:59:43 AM PDT

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  •  Private distribution of liquor, wines and spirits (1+ / 0-)
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    marina

    should result in more consumer convenience, lower prices and better selection. If that doesn't happen it's because state laws are inhibiting granting enough liquor licenses to create competition. State control of liquor sales is an anachronism and will eventually be changed, now or later.  

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Mon May 06, 2013 at 10:57:53 AM PDT

  •  There is no need to dismantle (0+ / 0-)

    a system that provides for a clean and wholesome environment and pays a decent wage to thousands of union members who pay taxes and raise families on those wages.

    There are problems with convenience and accessibility, but these can be solved through changes, not through the sale of the entire system. Franchises could be offered to grocery stores and convenience stores, for instance. In this way, revenues would continue to feed state coffers. Instead, this continuing asset will be lost for a pittance of its ongoing worth.

    Corbett wants to privatize many PA assets. At the same time that he wants to sell off our liquor stores (union-busting), he also is engineering the sale of our very successful lottery program; and at the same time is planning millions in tax incentives for corporations; and at the same time has ended Adult Basic health care, refuses to expand Medicaid, laid off tens of thousands of state employees and teachers, and then accuses the unemployed of being lazy, drug-addicted, etc. And so on.

    For these reasons and others, I am opposed to the privatization of our state store system. Expand and improve, not replace.

  •  among my Democratic friends in NJ, DE and PA (0+ / 0-)

    The ones in NJ always buy liquor in NJ.  They say prices are cheaper, selection is greater and store times are more convenient.  The ones in Delaware buy their liquor there.  The ones in Pa are split, some have no problem with the post-Prohibition current PA state stores and others want what the people in NJ and DE claim they have - cheaper prices, longer hours and more stores.  

    Every single one of us vote straight party Democratic ticket - so this is not a D vs. R type issue - but most of us fail to see the logic of the anachronistic PA state store system.  

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