The Post-Gazette has done a masterful job of cherry-picking polls and mangling the facts in its push to put thousands of Pennsylvanians who work for the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board on the unemployment line (“Liquor Stickler: Republicans Have a Chance to Make History,” Jan. 19 editorial).
Prices will increase under privatization. We know this because prices always go up after a state privatizes. We know this because Gov. Tom Corbett’s experts at the Public Financial Management Group told the administration prices would increase for many Pennsylvanians.
PFM also said privatization would force some 3,200 Pennsylvanians onto unemployment and that taxpayers will be left on the hook.
PFM says that “Minimal workforce will be hired by existing retailers, who will make up the majority of the licensees” and, further, that large grocers “have sufficient existing employees to manage the registers and will tend to reallocate store space.”
It’s sad that you cite the Commonwealth Foundation. The foundation’s lobbyists are the leading cheerleaders for bashing unions at every turn; they refuse to divulge who pays their bills, despite past lobbying for full disclosure by other registered lobbyists.
For the record, a more recent Franklin & Marshall College poll than those you cite found that 57 percent of the state’s registered voters believe “the state-owned liquor stores should continue as they are (31 percent) or be modernized (26 percent) than believe they should be sold to private companies (37 percent).”
The PG’s campaign for privatization is borderline hysterical.
WENDELL W. YOUNG IV
United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1776
Plymouth Meeting, Pa.