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Pennsylvania Should Privatize Alcohol Sales

Although we all learn about the horrors of Prohibition in school, few seem to realize that many Americans are still living in the shadow of those laws today. While attitudes towards alcohol have warmed since the repeal of the Eighteenth Amendment, 17 states still maintain monopolies over the distribution of spirits. Worst among these is Pennsylvania, whose Liquor Control Board (PLCB) essentially functions as a cartel. Now is the time to abandon antiquated notions of state control and allow the market to flourish by privatizing Pennsylvania’s liquor industry.

05/07/2020
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Liquor Stores Are Essential, But Not For The Reasons You Think

While many states like New York and Texas have been hard at work attempting to aid restaurants and other small businesses by taking such deregulatory measures as allowing the delivery of alcohol, Pennsylvania has decided to go in the opposite direction. Instead of expanding operations of liquor stores, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) -- the three-member panel with total control over Pennsylvania’s state-controlled liquor industry -- has closed all the liquor stores in Pennsylvania.

04/14/2020
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Pennsylvania's Failed Experiment in Flexible Pricing

Although it received practically no attention at the time, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 included a small but significant provision tailored towards temporarily relieving the heavy tax burden placed on small American breweries that make up about 95 percent of the marketplace. This seemingly innocuous provision lowered the federal excise tax, cutting small domestic brewers tax burden in half.

06/17/2019