Rotunda Ramblings - Episode 44: Wendell Young IV

Wendell Young IV, the president of UFCW 1776, joins the podcast this week to argue against further liquor privatization. We talk about the budgetary side of the debate, how further privatization might impact jobs, and what his organization will be up to in order to prevent further privatization legislation from becoming law.

 

In an overview of the week's news, we discuss the House vote on gaming expansion legislation, the pension reform bill on the governor's desk, and give a budget update.

Friday, June 9, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: Rotunda Ramblings
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
Categories: News and Views
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
Categories: News and Views
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
Categories: News and Views
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
Categories: News and Views
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