Matthew Hurtt on Liquor Store Privatization


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Legislators in Pennsylvania and Tennessee may do the unthinkable during their respective 2013-2014 sessions: loosen their stranglehold on alcohol sales. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett recommended privatizing liquor stores in his 2013-2014 budget proposal, and last month, the Pennsylvania House passed a bill for the first time ever that would transfer the ownership of state-run liquor stores to private entities over a period of time. In Tennessee, meanwhile, a push to allow the sale of wine in grocery stores has gained steam over the last few years. Matthew Hurtt argues that this could be the year of liquor privatization.