State Senators Sean Logan (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) and John Rafferty (R-Montgomery) have introduced a bill that would give owners of liquor licenses in Pennsylvania a significant cost savings when purchasing wine and spirits from the state-run wine and spirits stores.Liquor licensees are those businesses in the hospitality and tourism industry including restaurants, taverns, hotels, and other locations licensed to sell alcohol.
All wine and spirit purchases by liquor licensees must be made at one of the 630 state-run wine and spirit stores. Licensees are provided a 10 percent discount on the total price of the product. The Logan and Rafferty bill would increase the discount to 16 percent.
The estimated savings to licensees in the hospitality and tourism industry would be approximately $20 million.
"This is a great way to help our small businesses in Pennsylvania," Logan said. "The Cost savings would allow licensees to re-invest in their businesses and employees"
Rafferty added, "The Liquor Control Board is producing record profits to the tune of nearly half billion dollars last year. It is only appropriate to pass these record profits on to our small businesses across the Commonwealth.
"Increasing the current discount would also make wine and spirits more affordable to Pennsylvanians, which would