Sen. Chuck McIlhinney's proposal to dismantle the LCB and create up to 14,000 retail outlets for alcohol sales would cost Pennsylvania taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars in lost revenue, Wendell W. Young IV, President of the UFCW PA Wine & Spirits Council, said today.

"Sen. McIlhinney held three Committee hearings but he never asked one expert or one witness to look at his math. He has kept this under wraps until the closing days of this budget season because he knows they just can't stand up to scrutiny," Young. "His plan would destroy a very valuable public asset."

 "No matter how the senator dresses this plan up, it would put 5,000 LCB employees out of work, hundreds of local beer distributors out of business and the 10,000 Pennsylvanians they employ out of work as well," Young said.

 Young urged senators to reject Sen. McIlhinney's plan and, instead, support common sense modernization proposals that would allow the LCB to generate significant levels of new revenue and enhance customer convenience.

"Rather than make up assumptions and threw some numbers against the wall, it's time that members of the state senate followed their constituents and supported efforts to take the handcuffs off of the LCB to improve operations," said Young. "We're urging all Senators – in both parties – to reject this proposal. Pennsylvanians expect and deserve better."

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