The Governor’s reception room of the Capitol was packed this morning as Corbett alongside Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley emphasized how much the administration prioritizes liquor privatization.
“This is one the people of Pennsylvania have really been asking for,” said the Governor.
He reiterated that he wanted to have a package completed by the June 30 deadline for the state budget.
Call it the soft sell, but Corbett expressed more flexibility than previously.
“We will listen to everything,” he said.
“The bill that was written by us that was passed in the House tried to reflect as many different interests as possible, not everybody got everything they want but nobody got wiped out.”
Scott Karns, owner of Karns Quality Foods, a Central PA supermarket voiced his support for Corbett’s plan.
“I look at this legislation as not some New Age legislation but it’s something that needs to come of age.”
According to Senate Republican sources speaking to Capitolwire, GOP Senators hope to pass a Liquor Privatization bill out of committee and the senate next week. They hope to include package reform, and the ability to sell within grocery and convenience stores that hold restaurant licenses.
And the Philadelphia Inquirer reported that GOP House and Senate leaders convened in a private meeting Wednesday in an effort to hammer out differences between the two chambers.