Thank you for your editorials supporting the elimination of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. I find it amazing that the LCB continues to try to convince us that it provides a valuable service to the citizens of this state. The LCB claims that the prices in Pennsylvania are due to the 18 percent tax and, without the tax, their prices are competitive with other states.
I checked the price of a few of my favorite beverages in a catalog from Total Wine in Florida and the prices from the LCB’s online catalog. I have noted the price differences of a few items. Liquor — Absolut vodka, $24.99 vs. $31.99; Grey Goose vodka, $21.99 vs. $32.99; Bombay Sapphire gin, $31.99 vs. $46.99. Red wine — 14 Hand Hot to Trot Red, $7.47 vs. $12.99; Rodney Strong cabernet, $13.47 vs. $18.99; Blackstone merlot, $6.47 vs. $9.99; J. Lohr cabernet, $9.97 vs. $16.99.
If you eliminate the 18 percent tax we pay, Pennsylvania prices still are considerably higher than in other states, and those prices include taxes, too. This is due to the horrible inefficiencies and inflated salaries at the LCB. They aren’t providing a good service to the citizens. They are stealing money from every customer. They aren’t returning the money to the state coffers. They are taking it out of our pockets and putting it into their own.