Share on Google Plus Share on Twitter Share on Facebook 1 Share on LinkedIn Share on PInterest Share on Fark! Share on Reddit Share on StumbleUpon Tell A Friend (1 Shares)  
Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite View Favorites View Stats   2 comments

OpEdNews Op Eds

PA Green Party Opposes Privatization of Wine and Spirit Shops

By (about the author)     Permalink       (Page 1 of 1 pages)
Related Topic(s): ; ; ; ; ; ; ; , Add Tags Add to My Group(s)

View Ratings | Rate It

The Steering Committee of the Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA),, has taken a firm position against privatization of PA Wine and Spirit Shops. Chair of the Green Party, I.K. Samways (Allegheny County) organized this poll and said in response to the outcome, "The Green Party is leading the opposition to Republican control of our Commonwealth, and I am very pleased that the Green Party will stand firmly against this anti-union legislation."

On July 13, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives began consideration of House Bill (HB) 11, which will privatize the wholesale and retail operations of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB). This legislation will end PLCB's payment of annual profits into the State's Treasury. It will also terminate more than 3,000 jobs for workers who make union wages and receive middle-class benefits.

In response, the Green Party Steering Committee voted in favor of a resolution opposing HB 11. Vivek Ananthan, treasurer of GPPA and chair of the Green Party of Philadelphia, said, "Privatization at every level has been a failure in this country. Why would privatization of liquor stores to be an exception? Rampant capitalism is the cause of our Himalayan-like deficit."

"I believe that the PA Wine and Spirit Shops do a very good job of keeping alcohol away from underage drinkers," said Steve Baker, chair of the Green Party of York County.

"Privatization is just another word for union busting," offered Carl Romanelli, former Green Party U.S. Senate candidate and current GPPA steering committee member from Scranton. "We in the Green Party oppose this bill as bad for workers and a disaster for the Pennsylvania Treasury. HB 11 will put more of a tax burden on consumers and workers, while replacing living wages with at or near minimum-wage positions. Let it be known that Greens are vocal in our opposition to this bill, and we stand with Pennsylvania's union employees."

For more information about the Green Party, please contact 1- 888-PA1-GREEN.


Chris Robinson is a graduate of Central High School (#219) in Philadelphia, PA. He lives in Germantown and is an at-large member of the Green Party of Philadelphia ( City Committee. Chris Robinson is also a member of United Food and (more...)

Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

Go To Commenting
The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Writers Guidelines

Contact Author Contact Editor View Authors' Articles

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Living Under Drones!

Philly Green Party Endorses Campaign to Stop Drone Command Center in Horsham, PA

Northwest Greens endorses boycott of Sabra and Tribe Hummus

PA Green Party Opposes Privatization of Wine and Spirit Shops

1776 Revolution Much Like Occupy Movement

Single-Payer Healthcare after the Supreme Court Decision


The time limit for entering new comments on this article has expired.

This limit can be removed. Our paid membership program is designed to give you many benefits, such as removing this time limit. To learn more, please click here.

Comments: Expand   Shrink   Hide  
2 people are discussing this page, with 2 comments
To view all comments:
Expand Comments
(Or you can set your preferences to show all comments, always)

The state's control of alcohol is helping create a... by Darren Wolfe on Sunday, Aug 21, 2011 at 9:36:14 PM
"Rampant capitalism is the cause of our Himalayan-... by James Babb on Sunday, Aug 21, 2011 at 10:22:26 PM