The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) continues to deliver strong returns for all Pennsylvanians and is ready to generate more profit and help the state avoid a catastrophic $2 billion deficit, said Wendell W. Young IV, President of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1776 after agency leaders testified before the House Appropriations Committee today.

“The math tells the story. Sales are up. Profit is up. Transfers to the state are up. Each year, this asset continues to grow and improve. I am proud to represent 3,500 Pennsylvanians who work in these stores to deliver great service and a tremendous value to the commonwealth,” Young said.

Young noted the PLCB generated a record $2.34 billion in sales in the last fiscal year, an increase of 4.2 percent over the previous year. The PLCB transferred more than $580 million in profits, taxes and other payments to its shareholders – the taxpayers of Pennsylvania. In the last five years, the PLCB has sent $2.6 billion in cash to the general fund.

Young urged lawmakers to enact a series of proposals to modernize the PLCB to provide more convenience for customers and significant increases in profits. These common sense proposals include unrestricted sales on Sundays (both the number of locations and the hours of operation); the ability to sell lottery tickets and greater flexibility in procurement and pricing among others.

In all, modernization proposals would allow the PLCB to generate more than $185 million of new profits in the first year after authorization alone. This revenue would continue to grow annually.

“Many of these proposals have bipartisan support in both the House and the Senate. The state is looking at a potential $2 billion deficit in the next year unless lawmakers come together and act. Modernizing this asset will go a long way toward closing that gap,” said Young.

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Albert Brooks
  February 26, 2016 10:12am

5 years of record sales and the amount transferred to the General Fund from over-charging the public has remained the same. Sales increase because the population increases and prices rise not because the PLCB is doing anything. Total Wine sales went up 14% last year, the PLCB 4.2%. Total Wine average transaction is $60, PLCB is $35.70 and that includes licensees. Why? Because people WANT to go to Total Wine for their selection, service and prices - they HAVE to go to state stores. Since 1951 the PLCB has had full control of the number of stores, store locations and except for Sunday - st
Baz
  March 28, 2016 9:47pm

If the state system works so well with alcohol, why not apply it to everything. State run gas stations, hospitals, grocery stores,etc. Then according to Mr. Wendell the state would be rolling in money and the cost of everything would go down. We would all be state employees. 😃