Gov. Tom Corbett has scheduled a news conference Wednesday to unveil his long-awaited plans to privatize the state liquor system. Mr. Corbett promised to move on the chronic issue during his 2010 campaign but there's been little action on that front so far. His decision to move on liquor privatization comes as his administration is pursuing a separate efort to privatize the operations of the state lottery.
In a separate news conference today in Moon the governor previewed his remarks, indicating the move is immensely popular with residents, makes financial sense (especially in the state's populous southeast, where residents regularly cross borders to get better prices and selection), and send the message that Pennsylvania is modernizing.
"We have to start breaking this tie to the old way, to keeping the status quo . . . Other states have left us far in the dust. Two states -- us and Utah -- are the only ones who have a system like this," he said.