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State Rep. John Myers
Myers reiterates stance against liquor store privatization
HARRISBURG, June 6 – Responding to numerous constituent inquiries, state Rep. John Myers, D-Phila., today reiterated his stance against privatizing the state liquor store system.
Myers said his district office has been peppered with calls from those wanting to know where he stands on this issue, with nearly all of those callers urging him to maintain the status quo.
"These concerned citizens should be relieved to know that I do not favor any privatization measures," said Myers. "The state liquor store system is working fine. It makes no sense to tinker with something that does not need fixing."
Myers said the forces pushing for privatization want to permit the enrichment of private licensees at the expense of revenue to the Commonwealth, firm control of preventing liquor sales to minors, and good-paying jobs.
"There are no compelling reasons to abolish the state liquor stores, other than to open the floodgates to private entities that would be hard-pressed to do as good a job, at as good of a price," said Myers.
Myers said he will vote against House Bill 11, which seeks to abolish state liquor stores and franchise and license the sale of wine and spirits, or any other bill that seeks to materially change the current setup.