New Castle News

April 4, 2013

State liquor changes will benefit consumers

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — Editor, The News:

State Rep. Jaret Gibbons argues the liquor privatization bill (HB 790), which passed the House, will create more inconvenience for local residents.

The new plan isn’t perfect, but to say it’s worse than the current system is absurd. More than 60 percent of Pennsylvania residents support getting government out of the booze business Clearly, Pennsylvanians are unsatisfied with the state monopoly.

If the bill passes the Senate, Pennsylvania will triple the number of wine and spirits licenses, meaning more service to rural areas. Plus, the licenses must be distributed evenly by county to ensure convenience across the commonwealth.

Next, every beer distributor in the county will have a chance to sell wine and spirits with financial help from the state. That’s a boon for local businessmen and residents who will enjoy the convenience of one-stop shopping.

Lastly, Ellwood City residents would finally be able to purchase their wine along with their cheese and crackers at the grocery store.

I hope Sen. Elder Vogel seizes the opportunity to improve the daily lives of local residents by getting the government out of the booze business.

Jerry Hermann

Calvert Lane

New Castle