Tell Us: Do You Support Privatizing PA Liquor Stores?
Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett unveiled a plan Wednesday to privatize the state's network of wine and spirits stores. We want to know if Saucon Valley residents think that's a good idea.
The way Pennsylvanians purchase liquor could change forever if a plan presented Wednesday by governor Tom Corbett is ultimately implemented.
Plans to abolish the state-run monopoly on liquor sales have been debated by many politicians in the past, but popular opinion now appears to support the idea.
We wanted to know how Saucon Valley residents feel about this issue, so we posed the question on Facebook yesterday.
Local resident Mary Anne Looby said her experiences living outside the commonwealth have influenced her opinion on the subject of privatizing liquor sales.
"We are definitely for it," she wrote on Hellertown Patch's Facebook page. "It will allow for a greater selection of wines coming into PA. Competition means better prices. We saw this first hand when we lived in Cincinnati."
Also on the Facebook page, reader Charles Hampton said the marketing and display of products for sale in all but the largest of state stores is "pathetic" and criticized the helpfulness of the stores' employees, comparing them to "robots."
Tim Jones said he thinks a state monopoly on liquor sales is OK, but endorsed the loosening of Pennsylvania's rigid rules for the sale of beer and wine.
Some Patch readers who posted comments to a story about the plan questioned whether the move to privatize the stores would be fiscally prudent.
"Corbett's a moron," wrote Augustine Auch. "He's going to get a big one-time 4 million dollar infusion into the state's revenue with the sale. But the liquor industry brings in an annual revenue of $2.2 million a year. So he gets a bit more the year of the sale but loses in the long run."
Tell us what you think about this topic by posting a comment and voting in the poll.