Governor Bought-And-Paid-For unveiled his plan to sell the State liquor stores and privatize the whole shebang...and few seem to like it, according to this P-G story.
Speaking for myself, why can't we open up the beer and wine markets, and leave the spirits in the State Stores? When Corbett says "a more mobile population was increasingly familiar with the convenience of private sales in other states" what he is failing to see is that other states we can buy beer and wine in the grocery store, and we can by six-packs of beer instead of cases, and if we want a six-pack, we won't pay an inflated "bar price." Corbett's plan doesn't address the beer distributor issue, other than allowing them to sell quantities smaller than cases.
Under his plan, you'd be able to by hard liqour just about anywhere. I don't think that's a very wise idea. I think all we're really asking is that we don't have to make seperate stops at the grocery for dinner, the State Store for wine, and the beer disributor for some ballgame suds.
Most states I'm familiar with do this very thing. The state maintains control over distilled alcohol sales, while the groceries handle the beer and wine, and I think that's a reasonable compromise.