Liquor Facts


PLCB Monopoly Breeds Corruption and Cronyism

MARCH 17, 2014 | News Release

March 17, 2014, HARRISBURG, PA—Today, a state Ethics Commission investigation revealed rampant corruption and abuse of power at the troubled Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. Three former senior PLCB officials, including the former Chief Executive Joe Conti, were accused of using their government positions for personal gain and ordered to repay the commonwealth.

Liberals and Conservatives Agree: Let Go of Our Liquor

OCTOBER 7, 2013 | Commentary by MATTHEW BROUILLETTE, JON GEETING

As the partisan divide plays out in Washington, it's encouraging to see one policy battle in Pennsylvania with support on both sides of the political spectrum. Across the state, voters remain unified in their support of allowing private stores to sell wine and liquor. Unfortunately for consumers, inside the state Capitol, bipartisan unity on this issue has been harder to come by.

Big Government Party Blocks Bold Reforms

JULY 8, 2013 | Commentary by MATTHEW BROUILLETTE

Why haven’t liquor privatization and pension reform passed yet here in Pennsylvania? The reason is that the true divide in the General Assembly is not between the Republicans and Democrats, but between the Big Government Party and the Taxpayer Party.

Senate Liquor Proposal Falls Short

JUNE 19, 2013 | News Release

Matthew J. Brouillette, president and CEO of the Commonwealth Foundation, issued a response to Sen. McIlhinney’s liquor reform proposal.

Get Rid of the Government Middleman

JUNE 18, 2013 | Commentary by DAWN TOGUCHI

Liquor Privatization

If lower prices and greater selection are what you’re looking for, you won’t get it unless the government privatizes retail and wholesale operations. If the PLCB maintains its monopoly on wholesale operations, you may be able to find wine and liquor more easily, but the government will still determine what products you can choose.

Poll: Privatization must include wholesale

JUNE 13, 2013 | News Release by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

A new poll conducted on June 11th by Red Maverick Media shows that Pennsylvania voters want to end the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board’s monopoly over the wholesale distribution of wine and spirits. 52 percent of likely voters said that privatizing retail alcohol sales but keeping the government wholesale monopoly is insufficient.

Liquor Privatization Done Right

MAY 15, 2013 | Commentary by NATHAN BENEFIELD

It's decades past time to get government out of our Prohibition-era liquor system. Pennsylvanians have suffered from the PLCB's conflicts of interest and taxpayer-funded boondoggles for far too long. Until lawmakers pass a plan that satisfies both consumers and stakeholders, we will continue to see shoppers stream across state lines for the convenience our government monopoly has failed to deliver.

Reckless Scheme or Reckless Ad?

MAY 14, 2013 | News Release

The United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) is spending a million in order to save a million—every year! The UFCW announced a $1 million statewide television ad buy attacking "reckless" liquor privatization proposals. But the real "reckless scheme" is the union’s shameful attempt to mislead the public to protect its own political and financial largess. The Commonwealth Foundation estimates that UFCW 1776 receives approximately $1.2 million annually in f

Good for Business: One Beer Distributor's Privatization Perspective

MAY 9, 2013 | Commentary by CHERYL UMBERGER

What business owner wouldn’t jump at the chance to expand their business? Some of my fellow beer distributors, apparently. The association that is supposed to be representing my business interests in Harrisburg opposes the liquor privatization bill currently in the Senate—a bill that would allow us to expand our selection beyond beer, and into wine and liquor. As a result, they’re standing in the way of a movement to bring Pennsylvania’s 1930s-era alc

Social Impacts of Liquor Privatization

APRIL 30, 2013 | Testimony by NATHAN BENEFIELD

If government control of wine and liquor sales means a safer state, Pennsylvania should be one of the safest in the country. This is not the case. Compared to bordering states and the national average, the commonwealth currently ranks in the middle-of-the-pack or worse in alcohol-related deaths and alcohol-related traffic fatalities.

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