Lawmakers have an opportunity to modernize the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) and generate up to $75 million a year in new state revenues which could be used to forestall some of Gov. Corbett’s proposed budget cuts.

View the Summary of the Modernization Bill (SB1287)

Senate Bill 1287, now pending before the Senate Law and Justice Committee, would free the PLCB to operate like a modern, wholesale and retail business and deliver a greater return for all Pennsylvania taxpayers, said Wendell W. Young, IV, President of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1776 and Chairman of the UFCW of PA Wine and Spirits Council.

“This legislation is common sense and all taxpayers win if lawmakers support modernizing this valuable public asset,” Young said.

“It’s far better to generate $75 million more each year in revenue than it does to cut higher education, basic education and the safety net for vulnerable Pennsylvanians,” he added.

Young noted that the PLCB already provides the Commonwealth with more than $500 million a year in revenue – after paying all expenses for the agency’s operation – and creates jobs for more than 5,000 Pennsylvanians.
SB 1287 would eliminate the “one size fits all” pricing structure now in place and allow more flexibility based on the market and demands of customers.  The legislation also would provide greater flexibility in hiring outside the Civil Service System.

In addition, the bill would allow the PLCB to institute a more efficient and modern procurement process to take more advantage of the agency’s purchasing power.

“As members of the Senate Appropriations Committee focus on the PLCB and the state budget, we are encouraging them to help close the state’s shortfall by supporting this legislation,” Young said.

“The PLCB has made tremendous strides in the past 20 years to transform itself into a world- class retail operation, and the members of UFCWE Local 1776 and Local 23 have supported that effort throughout. This legislation would be another great step forward.”

View the Summary of the Modernization Bill (SB1287)

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