By RICHARD BELISLE
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - State-run liquor stores, a Pennsylvania tradition since the demise of Prohibition, would come to an end if state lawmakers approve a plan to sell them off to private enterprise.
There are five state-owned stores in Franklin County, including two in Chambersburg, and one in Fulton County. The Franklin County stores bring in about $3.5 million a year, according to Molly McGowan, spokeswoman for the state Liquor Control Board in Harrisburg, Pa.
Gov. Tom Ridge will announce his plan this week, said gubernatorial aide David Kaszuba.
Ridge said in a speech in Chambersburg last week that Pennsylvanians don't want alcohol sold on every street corner.
They also want stricter enforcement of liquor laws and more education programs on alcohol abuse.
Ridge noted the irony that on one floor of the state Liquor Control Board office building staffers work to increase liquor sales while workers on another floor strive to curb alcohol abuse.