Proving once again that his administration just cannot be trusted, Gov. Tom Corbett’s Budget Secretary Charles Zogby today ignored the cold hard fact that the PA Wine & Spirits shops so far this year have a net income of just under 15 percent.

Instead of relying on facts, Zogby told lawmakers that, "If you take away the wholesale profits, every store is a failing business."

The PLCB in testimony this week, explained to lawmakers and all taxpayers that the stores are, in fact, earning profits. The net income for retail operations for the past two plus years, according to the agency are (net of sales tax):

  • FY 10-11 = 10.0%
  • FY 11-12 = 13.3%
  • FY 12-13 thru 12/31/12 = 14.8%

"You either don’t understand basic math or don’t want to tell the truth if you think these numbers mean the stores are losing money," said Wendell W Young IV, President, UFCW Local 1776, and Chairman of the UFCW PA Wine & Spirits Council. "Once again, this governor and his administration are making it clear that they just cannot be trusted."

Young noted that the PLCB has generated record sales and record profits in each of the past two years. The agency generates more than $500 million a year in profits and taxes for the state each year.

"This is worse math than they used to cook up their scheme to giveaway our lottery to a foreign corporation," Young said. "Again, we’re urging lawmakers to convene public hearings around the state on the governor’s reckless scheme to dismantle this valuable public asset. The more Pennsylvanians learn about the facts, the more they recognize that Tom Corbett and his team do not have any idea what they’re talking about."

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