As some of you know, I sit on the Board of The Pennsylvania Restaurant and Lodging Association, Brandywine Chapter. The PRLA continues to keep a close eye on the developments regarding the privatization of wine and spirit sales in Pennsylvania. Here is their latest update;
The legislature is shifting from talks of privatizing the state liquor store system to discussions to modernize the system. The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board’s (PLCB) modernization proposals are being considered as an attempt to increase revenue until a privatization decision can be made. One of these initiatives, a request for flexible pricing would have a serious impact on licensees in the state. This ability would allow the PLCB to lower its standard 30 percent mark-up on some products and raise the mark-up on others. PRLA is working to ensure that the PLCB cannot adjust prices at random in a way that could negatively impact licensees in the state. Governor Corbett continues to develop a privatization proposal that will be presented to the legislature before his February 5 budget address. While the PRLA is aware of many details in the plan, a final proposal has not yet been developed and PRLA will not consider support until language is shared.