Selling the LCB
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Given the never-ending discussion on privatization of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, it is clear that eventually this will happen, and we can likely expect a higher level of selection and service as a result.
However, the taxpayers of Pennsylvania should demand two things before we sign on: proof that the total money going to the state from all parts of the process will increase in the long term on a yearly basis and that this is not just a one-time gain from the sale of licenses.
The purchasers of liquor licenses should be required to provide health insurance to any employee involved in any part of the liquor sale process. Otherwise the state will simply be picking up the bill for Medicaid for a large number of minimum-wage employees, big business will win and we the taxpayers will be once again stuck with the bill.
BENJAMIN F. MARTIN
First Published February 4, 2013 12:00 am