@p440rp1, is "the fundamental question" of privatization a philosophical one or a practical one? Those for privatization tend to look at it philosophically ("the government shouldn't be in the retail business") while those against tend to see it from the practical side (privatization would result in a reduction of revenue, loss of jobs, loss of PA buying power, etc.).
I find it interesting that people from each side tend to soft-step answers to questions posed by those on the other side. For example, Turzai talks in general terms about recapturing sales currently lost to "border bleed" but gives no figures; he touts elimination of Johnstown flood tax and PLCB markup but doesn't seem to have provided many details on his proposed replacement taxes (or at least it wasn't covered in the article above). Aside from the one-time windfall, he hasn't stated whether he believes his plan will bring an ongoing yearly net loss of revenue, a net gain, or be net neutral. Further, he hasn't provided any firm revenue figures that I've seen; even the estimate for auction of licenses seems like a wild guess.
From what I know of his plan it really seems like a one-time pop and then a yearly net loss vs. the revenue stream today. I'm eager to see details that would make me believe otherwise.
We already know how well one-time windfalls work out for the budget...whatever happened to the casino license revenue? It's ancient history and we still have a huge budget hole.
On the other hand, UFCW Local 1776 president Wendell Young talks about job and tax losses if privatization were to occur, but seems to think his members are entitled to lifetime jobs at the PLCB with defined-benefit pensions. He says prices would not go down and selection would not increase, but provides no evidence to back up those statements. He never mentions anything about the current lack of store diversity, why wine is regularly shipped without regard to weather conditions, etc. BTW if you want to know his detailed stance on privatization issues take a look at this, it's pretty interesting (and he comes across much better than in various interviews):http://www.ufcw1776.org/content/sworn-testimony-plcb-privatization-wendell-w-young-iv -president-ufcw-local-1776-april-14-201
@phillywinefinder, I think of us as living in a walled garden with respect to buying wine and spirits. For about 60 years it was a walled dump but then they slowly started cleaning it up and expanding. And yes we have some nice things in our garden, but we're still stuck inside. If the walls come down some of our garden will get overrun, but we'll also be able to venture outward and find new things. PAWineTalk would probably still be around but its purpose would need to change at least somewhat. But would people still use it or would everyone just use CT?