Governor Corbett’s push to privatize the PA Wine and Spirits stores is coming to a committee vote on Monday. We need all of you to make your voice heard in Harrisburg, email and call your legislators and let them know that privatizing is NOT acceptable!
We have an online tool that makes it quick and easy to email your representative, and will also provide you with the phone numbers to their offices. Please add your voice to the chorus of Pennsylvanians who are strongly opposing this privatization scheme. CLICK HERE!
Why? The math doesn’t add up, and jobs will be lost!
Privatization will eliminate nearly 5,000 good, family-sustaining jobs in Pennsylvania. The administration claims that through incentives for rehiring that job loss will be minimized, but The Public Finance Management report that the Governor ordered makes it clear that large chain retailers will not need to hire new workers in order to accommodate the addition of alcohol sales.
Governor Corbett is promising a $1 billion windfall from his privatization scheme, but the same Public Financial Management report says that the transition cost to his new system would be $1.4 billion, including the closing costs for the stores, unemployment compensation for displaced workers, etc. This means an actual net loss of $400 million! On top of this the Commonwealth will lose out on the $500 million in annual sales and tax revenue that the State Wine and Spirits Stores generate.