Should PA Sell State Store System?

On Friday’s show, KDKA Radio’s Mike Pintek talked with David White, an expert blogger from The interview stems from State Rep. Mike Sturla who is convinced that selling the State Store system would “increase prices causing the enormous selection the state leverages through buying power to shrink.” However David has another opinion. Take a listen.

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  • Mike Peace

    First and foremost , Mike Pintek makes me sick. Secondly the elimination of the state stores is not about cost of alcohol but the current employees and their standard of living. Selling the state stores independently would allow the new owners to pay employees Wal-Mart wages and eliminate state benefits. How does this improve our states economy?

  • R. Palka

    Selling the state store system and the loss of current emplyees are mutually exclusive of republican agenda. The wealthy are not concerned with the middle class. Their agenda benefits the wealthy not the state store emplyees. What PA must consider is that profits from the current system will provide what proponents of privitization will replicate every four years versus what the one time sale will produce in a one time sale.

    • Zoeyzotron

      PALKA – Who do you define as wealthy? i think State store employees do quite well with their PENSIONS and Benefits, not to mention their 3x pay of standard retail employees.

  • nobody

    Yes, sell right now. The state should not be in the business of sells adult beverages. They have not business telling us what we should buy (brands and the like). Let the “free” market decide what we buy and where we buy it.

  • Sam

    Although I never received a reply from the gov’s office, I submitted a suggestion concerning this situation. That is: In lieu of selling or keeping the state stores, they should franchise them for a fixed period of time. (20 – 25 years) This way they can “resell” them down the line (many more times) and garner more (and higer) amounts of cash later on because the sales would be in present day dollars. As part of the new purchase they could implement rules concerning the status of the present employees, not just put them out in the cold!

  • allin

    Pennsylvania going out of business sale!

    Schools, State Stores, PAT, Marcellus Gas, everything has to go.

    No strings or taxes attached if you know the right people.

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