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Union leader defends Pa. state-run liquor sales



Published: Mon, March 28, 2011 @ 8:44 p.m.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s state-owned liquor and wine stores do a better job collecting taxes, enforcing the drinking age and offering a broad selection of products at competitive prices than private operators would, the head of the largest state-store employee union said today.

Wendell W. Young IV, whose union represents about 2,500 people, said privatization advocates’ estimate of a $2 billion windfall from the sale of liquor licenses is greatly exaggerated and that annual revenues may fall $180 million shy of the roughly $500 million a year the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board now generates.

Republican Gov. Tom Corbett has endorsed the privatization of the liquor and wine business, largely because the expected additional revenue would help address the state’s budget problems.


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1barackwillfixit(5 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

Real shocker here. A union leader speaking so wonderful about the wonders that his overpaid membership does for government. Real Shocker Vindy!

Next time go for something with a little more chance of suspense like: Fat people might like food or Do lawyers chase ambulances. Seriously, why read the rest of the story when it starts off with union defends........insert group here.

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