Republicans in the Pennsylvania Senate plan to meet privately with Gov. Tom Ridge's this week to discuss the best way to privatize the state's liquor stores. We say the best way to do this is to expose any wheeling and dealing to the full light of day.
The Harrisburg bureau of The Associated Press this week reported that GOP senators aren't sure how to get the measure through a legislature that is deeply divided on the issue. According to their counsel, Stephen MacNett, the only thing anyone can agree on is that nobody wants to boost alcohol consumption or reduce the state's take of alcohol revenues. The governor's office said last week that neither would happen, but provided no details. A little factual input might be the best medicine to energize the lethargic legislature into doing some hard thinking on this issue.
Factual input? Let us explain. Pennsylvania is only one of two states still in the liquor business, right? At one time there were other states involved, other states which have made the transition from public to private ownership of liquor stores.