Liquor Facts

PLCB Monopoly Breeds Corruption and Cronyism

MARCH 17, 2014 | News Release by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

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 by COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION

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 MELING

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.