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Bucks County Republican proposes PLCB modernization

By - Last modified: March 20, 2014 at 3:27 PM

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Rep. Gene DiGirolamo
Rep. Gene DiGirolamo - (Photo / Submitted)

State Rep. Gene DiGirolamo, R-Bucks County, has begun circulating a proposal to expand liquor store revenue by $185 million without selling the system off to private management.

In his memo, DiGirolamo outlines seven changes to the current system, including expanded Sunday hours, use of best retail pricing practices and loyalty programs, modular stores within large retail outlets, expedited reviews of existing leases, direct shipment of wine and spirits, lottery sales within state stores and consortium buying power.

"We do not need to blow up the entire state store system in order to give customers what they really want, and that's why we need an alternative to privatization," he said.

He also outlines in the memo the additional revenue that each change could yield for the commonwealth. He estimates the pricing proposal at $75 million in added revenue.

"Our current state store system generates quite a bit of profit for the General Fund, and I think it would be poor public policy to sell off that asset for a one-time influx of cash," DiGirolamo said. "This proposal allows us to keep that revenue while also generating additional savings and sales."

Earlier this month, the PLCB announced the elimination of the rule that licensed limited wineries selling wine to the state could not discount the same varieties at their own establishments.

Jason Scott

Jason Scott

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