PA rejects alcohol price hikes

HARRISBURG, PA -- While neighboring Maryland just recently increased taxes on alcoholic beverages, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board has extended a moratorium on retail price increases on wine and liquor.

The three-member regulatory panel voted unanimously to reject suppliers' requests for increases on about 400 of the more than 10,000 products sold in State Stores. 

Board Chairman P.J. Stapleton said retail prices have remained stable for more than a year.

Governor Gov. Tom Corbett, who is opposed to continued state monopoly on sales, has ordered  a study to determine the value of store licenses that would be auctioned off as part of the process of opening the field to commercial ventures.

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