House Democrats oppose flawed liquor bill
House Democrats this week unanimously opposed a Republican plan (H.B. 466) to privatize the state’s wine and spirits stores. While the backers of the bill claim that putting liquor in the private market is what Pennsylvanian’s want, consumer polling does not support that claim, and the bill’s cumbersome formula for private licensing would result in a system people don’t want.
A 2014 poll done by Franklin & Marshall that included an explanation of privatization and alternative plans found that more than half of respondents (57 percent) preferred to make the state wine and spirits stores more convenient or leave them the way they are.
Pennsylvanians want convenience, selection and good pricing. House Bill 466 would do the opposite, as well as strip the state of a significant and reliable funding. You can read how the bill would cost consumers and taxpayers more in the long run by following this link.
State budget debate begins next week
Gov. Tom Wolf will present his 2015-16 budget proposal to a joint session of the General Assembly Tuesday. House Democrats look forward to working with our new governor and Republican lawmakers to craft a state budget that helps to rebuild the middle class and addresses the priorities Pennsylvanians want addressed – a greater commitment to public schools, family sustaining jobs and a government that works.
You can watch the governor’s budget address live on pahouse.com beginning at noon Tuesday, March 3