Tag Archives: Alcohol Reform

Alcohol Reform and “Structural” Economic Problems

During the past 4 years you’ve no doubt heard Republican politicians, and even many Democrats, say that the economy’s not growing as fast as it could because we have “structural” problems. That is, the problem isn’t weak sales, it’s that … More after the jump

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The Easiest Way to Raise PA Restaurant Wages

Pulled from this longer post from 10 minutes ago, in case you didn’t feel like reading to the bottom: One huge factor I was surprised to see the Behind the Kitchen Door report miss about Philadelphia’s restaurant industry labor market … More after the jump

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Public Beer Laws Forum This Thursday in Philly

Can’t make it out this Thursday, but maybe friends of the blog Jake Blumgart or Randy LoBasso could be persuaded to report on this for us… From the Lew Bryson blog: I’m going to be on the panel at another … More after the jump

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How Philly Avoids the Misery of the PA Tavern Cartel

When I read that GQ named Philadelphia one of the nation’s 5 Best Beer Cities, I was puzzled. How could this be true? Pennsylvania state law caps tavern licenses at 1 per 3000 people per County. Why is the city’s … More after the jump

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The Motto: You Only Privatize Once

Lew Bryson is making an important point here that deserves to be popularized, so here goes: YOPO – You Only Privatize Once Basically the Turzai liquor privatization bill turned into a bad joke. Rather than eliminating regulatory rents, it further entrenched … More after the jump

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Why Not Let Everyone Sell Six-Packs?

Looks like the PA Tavern Owners Association is the latest group of rent-seekers to object to liberalizing alcohol sales in PA. What’s so aggravating about this is that the Turzai bill doesn’t expropriate the tavern license holders nearly as much … More after the jump

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State Stores: Why Are They So Ugly?

Jay Ostrich flags this story about the PLCB moving a downtown Honesdale liquor store to a 60%-more-expensive location in a mall 3 miles out of town. Business owners are mad that the store was moved without a public hearing. The … More after the jump

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Booze Monopoly Doesn’t Lower PA’s Alcohol-Related Traffic Fatalities

The question for people who want to defend the state monopoly on public health grounds is: why do all of PA’s neighbors except West Virginia have much lower alcohol-related traffic fatalities? Taxi and transit subsidies would be a better way … More after the jump

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There’s No Way Around Conflicts of Interest at the PA Liquor Control Board

If the Department of Environmental Protection was running a monopoly business selling natural gas alongside their regulatory oversight duties, I think most of my liberal friends would see a huge problem with that. There would be a pretty obvious tension between the gas … More after the jump

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PA Lawmakers Should Take the Beer Drinker View When Reforming Beer Laws

Great article on the political economy of PA’s dumb beer laws from Anthony Wood in the Inquirer this morning. The issue is that the beer distributor business model is a creature of state regulatory law. In a relatively free market for … More after the jump

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