One person's reasons why the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board should be abolished, and The Almighty Liquor Code completely overhauled and rewritten, to reflect 75 years of change since Repeal.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
17% expansion in number of State Stores in 2010!
The PLCB is planning to expand the number of State Stores from 620-ish to over 700 in 2010!
Holy crap! Really?
No, not really. It's that stupid wine kiosk idea again, and it's almost here, despite its obvious stupidity and iffy ethical status of the contract (not that "iffy ethics" should surprise anyone in this context). And according to the PLCB...each one is a Store.
"What we are proposing is a wine kiosk. This counts as a wine and spirits store. It will be within the store. There will be 100 of them around the state. They will have some of our most popular wines," said Nick Hays, PLCB spokesman.
"...there was [in 1997] no overarching passion within the General Assembly, or in the public at large, for privatization. Unless and until there is a general hue and cry, it is very unlikely there will be a privatization initiative that succeeds." -- John E. Jones III, former PLCB chairman
Send them to me. I'd love to hear from you, and take those ideas and blend them with mine. And if you're in favor of the continuing existence of the PLCB, well, send me that, too. If it makes sense, I'll publish; if it doesn't, I'll publish it also, but I may have to disagree with you.
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I've been a full-time drinks writer since 1996. Currently I'm managing editor of Whisky Advocate magazine; a regular writer for Ale Street News and Massachusetts Beverage Business magazine; and author of four regional brewery guidebooks. Next time you see me at a bar or event or distillery, say hi.
Privatization's in play: what are your biggest concerns?
If the Legislature ignores the will of the citizens and goes the "modernization" route...what would you most like to see change with the State Stores?
Why do you buy booze in other states?
What I like most about the PLCB is:
The first thing I'd change in the Pennsylvania Liquor Code is:
When I buy wine at a Pennsylvania State Store:
When booze sales are privatized in PA, State Store clerks can be:
The wine and spirits selection at the State Stores is actually better than at the average "liquor store" in other states. This makes me feel like:
What factor is most likely to block any meaningful reform of Pennsylvania's Liquor Code?
If the legislature suddenly did away with the case law tomorrow, and any distributor, bar, or tavern could sell any amount of beer they wanted to, the most likely unintended consequence would be:
The blog's been off the air since October because:
Polls show that over 80% of Pennsylvanians are opposed to the case law -- even MADD doesn't support it -- yet a six-pack sales bill still languishes in the Legislature after over a year. Why do your elected representatives continue to thwart your wishes?
What do you think of the new look?
What do you think of the proposed new name for the State Stores: Table Leaf?
Which PLCB gaffe really pissed you off over the past two years?
Blame the PLCB, the Legislature, or Rendell: things seem to disappear around the PLCB. Which one of these do you miss the most?
I buy beer at Pennsylvania supermarkets because:
The new wine kiosks are
The most important reason for liquor store privatization in PA is:
Why won't you write to your state reps to tell them you're in favor of privatizing the State Stores?
What aspect of the PLCB's "Anything But Privatization!" program sounds most ridiculous?
PJ Stapleton and Joe Da CEO have presided over an incredible festival of FAIL. As PA taxpayers, we are the 'shareholders' of this 'business.' How do you vote?
HB11, the current proposal for privatization, has serious flaws. How do we proceed?
Are you going to stop buying your booze in the State Stores and take privatization into your own hands?
Governor Corbett's supposed to be working on a new privatization bill. What is the most important piece of that bill for you?
Why do you think the PLCB created their house "Table Leaf" wine brand?
Will Joe Conti still be PLCB CEO by next spring?
The Pennsylvania State Stores should be replaced by:
What is your opinion on Governor Corbett's privatization plan?
If you could hit the re-set button and set up booze sales any way you like in the Commonwealth...what would you do?
How about we talk about that Police-Enforced Monopoly. Got an opinion?