HARRISBURG’S SPIRITS MONOPOLY: A PARTY FOR A FEW,
For over 80 years, Pennsylvania adults have paid more …
LEARN THE FACTS:
Pennsylvania has the fewest number of wine and spirits outlets per capita in the region1.
READ MORE While most Americans can purchase beer and wine at any grocer or convenience store, Pennsylvanians can only purchase beer and wine at a few select stores2. In some rural areas, you will drive over an hour to find a store that is open six days a week3! SHOW LESS
Average wine prices were lower in all six of Pennsylvania’s border states4 and taxes on distilled spirits were lower in five of PA’s border states5. READ MORE The average cost of a bottle of wine was 20 percent lower in Maryland according to a commonwealth foundation study. In fact, prices were lower in all six of Pennsylvania’s surrounding states! SHOW LESS
Pennsylvania’s outdated spirits laws have barely changed since they were first adopted in response to the 21st amendment which ended prohibition. READ MORE That’s right – Pennsylvanians have been living under the same laws as your great-grandparents after prohibition ended. The rest of the country has moved on, but Harrisburg is still fighting to keep adults from enjoying a drink. In fact, shortly after prohibition ended, former governor Pinchot said that the purpose of the state’s draconian laws were to discourage the purchase of alcoholic beverages by making it as inconvenient and expensive as possible.6 SHOW LESS
Harrisburg bureaucrats run the spirits business, but they keep getting caught with their hand in the till. READ MORE A state ethics commission investigation found “rampant corruption and abuse” at the Pennsylvania liquor control board. Just a few years ago three former senior PLCB officials, including the former chief executive, were accused of using their positions for personal gain.7 SHOW LESS
State bureaucrats mismanage the stock, resulting in wasting beer and massive costs to taxpayers. READ MORE In 2011 the PLCB spent more than $66 million in tax dollars on an inventory system that caused widespread shortages, crippling commerce, and costing 2.5 times original projections. In order to correct the shortages, the PLCB demanded purchases over-order, leading to improper storage and additional costs to taxpayers when beer was sent to non-temperature controller trailers.8 SHOW LESS
If the state can’t simply keep the beer cold, can they really be trusted to run a multi-million dollar industry?
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 Sue Gleiter, “The Liquor Debate: The Pros And Cons Behind Privatizing Pennsylvania’s Liquor System,” PennLive, 2/1/13
 Google maps search of PLCB stores in rural counties
 “Pennsylvania And Border States Wine & Spirit Price Comparison Analysis,” Commonwealth Foundation, 8/31/11
 Scott Drenkard “Map Of State Spirits Excise Tax Rates In 2016,” The Tax Foundation, 6/2/16
 Jason Maddux, “Specter Of Gov. Pinchot's 'Dry Cause' Looms Over Liquor Privatization Fight,” PennLive, 7/1/15
 Jeff Frantz, “Golf, dinner, wine and whiskey: What former LCB officials accepted from vendors, says commission,” PennLive, 3/27/14
 Matthew Brouillette, “Drawing Liquor Lessons From The Turnpike Commission Scandal: As I See It,” PennLive, 3/31/13