Liquor Stores in Turzai Crosshairs

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With one eye on the state budget and another on his own political future, House Speaker Mike Turzai is pushing a series of bills aimed at dismantling and selling the state-owned liquor system.


Turzai, an Allegheny County Republican, has made liquor privatization a cornerstone of his 16-year legislative career and a talking point for a prospective run for governor in 2018. He and a majority of the GOP-controlled House believe government has no business running a business — the Liquor Control Board, one of the country’s largest importers and retailers of wine and spirits.

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