The Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage & Tavern Association Legislator of the Month
August 2015: Senator Jake Corman (R)
Moving Forward on the Liquor Reform Front
Since being elected Majority Leader of the Senate by my colleagues, I have been working hard to move forward each major issue affecting our Commonwealth. On of those issues deals with moving Pennsylvania out of the liquor business, ensuring Pennsylvanians get what they want – greater consumer convenience for liquor sales – while keeping safety paramount and protecting the private interests of employers such as the members of the Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage and Tavern Association.
After months of hard work and negotiations between the Senate and House of Representatives, Governor Wolf chose to veto legislation that would bring the existing liquor system into the 21st Century and allow private businesses to do what they do best – serve consumers. The legislatively-approved plan listened to the wants of consumers, added $220 million to state revenues, protected the welfare and licenses of local employers and brought Pennsylvania in line with systems in place in 48 other states.
Despite the Governor’s veto, 2015 still has the possibility of being a landmark year when it comes to reforming the state’s antiquated system. In the coming months, I will continue to work toward reforms that will move forward consumer convenience and private sale of wine and liquor. Just as I and my colleagues in the Senate and House have heard the call for liquor reform over the past few years, I am confident those public calls for action will be heard in the months ahead, finally ending the liquor monopoly in the Commonwealth.
I remain committed to the position that Pennsylvania should not be in the business of selling liquor. As negotiations with the Governor on the state budget move forward, liquor discussions will continue to be a part of the debate as will the role members of the Association.