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Is Privatizing Our PA State Stores a Good Idea?

 
Is Privatizing Our PA State Stores a Good Idea?

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Allyson Schwartz (D)

I believe that Governor Corbett's fixation on privatization is entirely misguided and wrong for Pennsylvania. However, I do believe that there is room for improvement through modernization and implementation of new rules that will allow us to better serve Pennsylvanians.

Allyson Schwartz's bio can be found here. More information about Allyson Schwartz, including her position on other important issues facing Pennsylvania, can be found at allysonschwartz.com, Facebook/allysonschwartzforgovernor, and @allysonschwartz.

Jonathan D. Jewell (I)

In the short term it looks great idea on paper with an influx of cash with the sale of the stores, but I believe the better idea is to partially privatize the state stores and still benefit from long term revenues and store accessibility.

Jonathan D. Jewel's bio can be found here. More information about Jonathan D. Jewel, including his position on other important issues facing Pennsylvania, can be found at jewellforpagov2014.com and Facebook/GovernorJewell.

Katie McGinty (D)

I oppose privatization but support modernization of liquor stores by expanding store hours and locations to make it more convenient for consumers while keeping products affordable. By modernizing, we would generate more revenue that I would invest in making college more affordable. Under my plan, I would use additional revenues from liquor store modernization to fund a new Middle Income Opportunity Grant Program and Dream Scholarship program for low-income, high achieving students. You can read more at http://www.katiemcginty.com/issues/college-affordability-plan.

Katie McGinty's bio can be found here. More information about Katie McGinty, including her position on other important issues facing Pennsylvania, can be found at katiemcginty.com, Facebook/katiemcgintyforgovernor, and @mcgintyforgov.

Ken V. Krawchuk (L)

Yes, privatizing the Pennsylvania State Stores is an excellent first step, and follows the lead of virtually every other state. Our alcohol distribution system sorely needs to be brought into the 21st century. Specifically, alcohol should be readily available in grocery stores, and our government-created monopoly on case beer distribution should be ended. Enforcement needs overhauling, too. Suspicionless DUI checkpoints, which violate our inalienable rights, should be scrapped in favor of the more effective roving patrols. We must also stop making criminals out of voting-age Pennsylvanians: we should lower the drinking age to match the voting age.

Ken V. Krawchuk's bio can be found here. More information about Ken V. Krawchuk, including his position on other important issues facing Pennsylvania, can be found at KenK.org, Facebook/KenK2014, and @KenK201.

Paul Glover (G)

I favor retaining public ownership. Restrained and orderly distribution of wine and liquor outweighs greater projected tax revenue from thousands of corner stores.

Paul Glover's bio can be found here. More information about Paul Glover, including his position on other important issues facing Pennsylvania, can be found at paulglover.org, Facebook/metroeco, and @metroecos.

Rob McCord (D)

I believe that further innovation and modernization will create new and needed revenue for the Commonwealth. So, rather than seeking costly proposals to privatize well-run state programs, I believe we can modernize the PLCB while we preserve the jobs of hardworking Pennsylvanians and generate hundreds of millions of dollars in additional revenue.

Rob McCord's bio can be found here. More information about Rob McCord, including his position on other important issues facing Pennsylvania, can be found at robmccord.com, Facebook/RobMcCordPA, and @RobMcCordPA.

Governor Tom Corbett (R)

Pennsylvania should turn the wine and spirits market over to the private sector to create a more convenient shopping experience, similar to what is enjoyed by consumers in 48 other states. A commonsense, convenient system can be implemented that improves the consumer experience while creating a private sector opportunity for job creation, protecting the state's fiscal position and returning the state to its proper position as a regulator, rather than a promoter, of alcohol.

Governor Tom Corbett's bio can be found here. More information about Governor Tom Corbett, including his position on other important issues facing Pennsylvania, can be found at tomcorbettforgovernor.com, Facebook/corbettforgov, and @corbettforgov.

Tom Wolf (D)

I believe trying to privatize state-owned liquor stores is bad public policy — it is inefficient and puts good paying, middle-class jobs at risk. As Secretary of Revenue, I strengthened the Pennsylvania Lottery and directed more money to programs for our seniors without privatizing it. Additionally, I traveled around the state to meet with Revenue Department employees and get their ideas about how to improve the department. With their feedback, I was able to implement changes to modernize the department, and redistribute taxpayer dollars to core programming. As governor, I will take the same approach with the state liquor stores.

Tom Wolf's bio can be found here. More information about Tom Wolf, including his position on other important issues facing Pennsylvania, can be found at wolfforpa.com, Facebook/WolfForPA, and @WolfForPA.

Is privatizing our PA State Stores a good idea?

 
 

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