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Dear lawmaker,

On behalf of the 1.1 million Pennsylvanians we are proud to represent, we urge you to support common-sense proposals to modernize the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) so that this valuable asset can generate additional revenue for all taxpayers.

Despite the rhetoric from the privateers, the fact is that dismantling the PLCB actually cost Pennsylvania at least $408 million in the first year according to Public Financial Management (PFM) and the PFM found that privatization will cost more than $1.4 billion in transition costs over five years. We urge you to carefully read the PFM study, which was commissioned by former Gov. Tom Corbett, for a fact-based analysis of the real impact privatization will have on our state budget.

So-called privatization “lite” proposals would be equally devastating. Proposals to outsource wine and beer sales to big-box grocery stores, delis, and convenience stores make no sense. These proposals would ultimately cripple the PLCB; jeopardize thousands of family-owned beer distributors and the jobs they provide; and threaten the livelihoods of up to 5,000 Pennsylvanians working right now for the PLCB.

This “reform” proposal would cause an immediate drain on state revenues and ultimately destroy the Wine and Spirit Shops system. Please note that wine accounted for $848 million or 42% of total sales in the shops last year. The most popular brands – those most likely to be sold by the big-chains - represented $518 million of those total wine sales. West Virginia and Iowa lawmakers were led down this path by the privateers and, as revenue losses grew and grew; their systems were wiped out and taxpayers had to make up for the last revenue.

The PLCB provides 5,000 family-sustaining jobs and, last year, generated more than $584 million in taxes, profits and other transfers for taxpayers. After years of debate, it makes little sense that should be clear by now that privatization of the PLCB would have disastrous consequences for Pennsylvania.

In the closing rush to a budget “framework” we urge you to focus on the real impact that privatization would have on the state’s deficit and working families across this commonwealth. Please join us and Governor Tom Wolf in supporting common-sense proposals to modernize the PLCB. This asset is poised to deliver at least $185 million in additional profit in the first year after modernization legislation is enacted. Please reject any proposals that would destroy jobs.  Please do not hesitate our offices should you have any questions or need any additional information on modernization proposals.

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Albert Brooks
  December 3, 2015 6:50pm

You certainly like that lie about the $1.4Billion cost. Why don't you say the PFM report deemed privatization successful in other locations too. Oh, and with over a third of the state store workforce being part time....they aren't family sustaining jobs either. Private business is the foundation of the American economy. Government run liquor isn't.
christine miller
  December 3, 2015 8:18pm

Please keep these family sustaining jobs! PA needs this revenue and people who care about safe alcohol sales.
Beast Master
  December 3, 2015 8:26pm

Albert Brooks has a lot of money to be made if privatization were to happen. He's a greedy corporate shrew. Please keep these job for those families!
James T. Alexander Jr.
  December 3, 2015 9:24pm

Keep the money maker for the State going. Modernization not Privatization. Jobs for Families not Corporations.
Sylvia Hovington
  December 4, 2015 6:17pm

As a 28 year employee of the Pa Liquor Control Board I urge the Pa Lawmakers no I BEG you not to support any form of PRIVATIZATION. NO WINES IN SUPERMARKETS,BEER DISTIBUTORS, OR BIG BOX STORES. IT IS A SLOW DEATH OF FAMILY SUSTAINING JOBS.