For Immediate Release
May 26, 2016
HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry President and CEO Gene Barr issued the following statement regarding the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board’s decision to expand the types of outlets that are permitted to sell six-packs of beer and malt beverages:
“Pennsylvania’s antiquated, Prohibition-era laws regarding alcohol sales have long been considered inconvenient and unpopular among consumers and businesses. Yesterday’s decision by the PLCB to expand the type of outlets that are permitted to sell six-packs of beer is a great step toward providing consumers with the convenience and choice they overwhelmingly want. The private sector is able and willing to responsibly sell alcohol – as evidenced by the fact that beer distributors and grocery stores have been doing so for years. We thank Gov. Wolf for standing with private-sector businesses and consumers by encouraging the PLCB to approve this commonsense change.”
“While the PLCB’s decision is a positive step in bringing Pennsylvania’s laws in line with most other states, we still have a ways to go. Ending the state-store monopoly on wine and liquor sales will bring the convenience, selection and competitive pricing that can currently be found in other states, which will help mitigate the ‘border bleed’ phenomenon. In addition, the upfront revenue that will result from moving to a privatized system will help offset the structural budget deficit going into the next fiscal year. We look forward to continuing to work with the governor and lawmakers on steps to making Pennsylvania’s liquor laws more convenient, consumer-friendly and competitive."
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