House continues wine and spirits privatization push, moving bill to allow beer distributors to sell wine and spirits

House continues wine and spirits privatization push, moving bill to allow beer distributors to sell wine and spirits

Just weeks after sending five bills to the Senate that would work to divest the Commonwealth of its wholesale and retail wine and spirits business, the House Liquor Control Committee on Tuesday moved legislation that would allow beer distributors to sell wine and spirits.

 

The bill—House Bill 1033 introduced by Rep. Brian Ellis (R-Butler)—would allow beer distributors to sell unlimited quantities of wine and spirits after applying and paying a $5,000 fee for a state-mandated permit. Renewal of the permit will be based off of two percent of the establishment’s annual cost of purchasing wine and/or spirits from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Conservative advocacy group invests in effort to push for liquor reform measures

Conservative advocacy group invests in effort to push for liquor reform measures

Americans for Prosperity-PA, a conservative advocacy organization, announced Wednesday they have engaged in a six-figure investment to help advocate for liquor reform bills that recently passed the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

 

According to AFP, the effort—labeled “free our spirits”—will be led by a multimedia push and “happy hour” events at Pennsylvania wineries, breweries, and distilleries that are aimed at highlighting what they perceive as a harm caused by Pennsylvania’s current liquor laws.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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House Republicans set to push through $31.52 billion budget this week

House Republicans set to push through $31.52 billion budget this week

House Republicans Monday unveiled a budget plan they intend to send to the Senate this week with a final spending number ringing in at $31.52 billion, a number more than $800 million below what Gov. Tom Wolf proposed in February and just under $250 million shy of the current year’s spend number.

Monday, April 3, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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House panel advances bills to allow private sale of liquor

House panel advances bills to allow private sale of liquor

The House Liquor Control Committee Monday advanced two bills that would provide for private sales of liquor.

Monday, April 3, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Additional options put on revenue negotiating table

Additional options put on revenue negotiating table

After a late-week scrap over which sources of revenue to fill the roughly $1.3 billion budget hole have legislative support, caucus leaders returned from the July Fourth holiday Tuesday to once again sit down at the negotiating table, this time bringing additional options for how to fully fund the $31.6 billion spending plan sent to the governor’s desk last week.

 

The leading proposal to emerge from a meeting of the four legislative caucus leaders Tuesday morning was one to include a $300 million loan from the State Workers’ Insurance Fund (SWIF) to replace revenue that could’ve been raised from the reimplementation of a now-controversial Gross Receipts Tax on natural gas.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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