Kinsey appointed to Pa. wine and liquor study commission

HARRISBURG, May 24 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., was appointed by House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody to serve on the Pennsylvania Wine and Spirits Wholesale and Retail Privatization Commission.

"Last year's law that changed alcohol sales in Pennsylvania, Act 39, also set up this commission to research and make recommendations about any further privatization of wine or liquor sales," Kinsey said.

"I am very skeptical of any further privatization, especially at this time. The state store system provides more than 3,000 family-sustaining jobs, along with hundreds of millions of dollars of revenue each year that we can count on at a time when the state has a massive deficit. And two different reports in recent years have said that selling off the state stores would cost taxpayers more than $1 billion in transition and stranded costs.

"Alcohol is not hard to get in Pennsylvania. In fact, in Philadelphia, we have been working to address the issue of 'stop-and-go' convenience stores that take advantage of current laws to sell alcohol," Kinsey said.

Kinsey and Rep. Isabella Fitzgerald, D-Phila., recently hosted a public meeting in northwest Philadelphia on the "stop and go" issue with officials from the Philadelphia Police Department, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board and the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement.

Kinsey said, "I will continue to look at this matter closely and ensure that the people and communities impacted the most have the opportunity to give feedback on this ongoing concern."