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Killing the state stores

The PA Republicans have been trying for years to get ride of the state-controlled wine and spirits stores, and it looks like they’re finally going to pull it off. What a great idea! Instead of people having to buy booze during store hours, they’ll be able to buy it anytime they want — and we can maybe even widen our lead as the worst drunk driving state in the tri-state area!

Thousands of state workers could lose jobs if Republicans successfully push the legislation, said a labor leader representing store clerks. The Liquor Control Board employs 5,000 people.

Wendell W. Young IV, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers’ wine and spirits council, said the privatization effort is absurd because if the LCB were a private company, the state typically would spend hundreds of millions of dollars to save up to 5,000 jobs. He points to the state’s action in February to spend $42 million — combined with private investment and company equity — to save 1,000 jobs at the Acker Philadelphia Shipyard.

Lou Matter, who manages a liquor store in the North Side, said he is unaware of any effort to assist employees in making the transition into the private sector.

“Is there some sort of plan in the works? Not that I’m aware of,” said Matter, 45, of Spring Garden.

Turzai’s bill offers tax credits for private employers that hire ex-state store employees, preferential hiring for them at state agencies, and vouchers for retraining, Miskin said.
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My night at the theater

I went to see an outdoor production of “Richard III” last night, which was fun. The actor playing the title role was completely over the top, mugging and smirking at the audience — always a risk with whoever’s playing Richard. (I kept thinking of Richard Dreyfuss in “The Goodbye Girl”.)

But it was a fine summer’s night, the bugs weren’t too bad and unlike Broadway theaters, no leg cramps. I actually got to stretch out my legs on the blanket.

And I also ran into someone I know who’s running for county council, so I’m going to show her how to set up her social media operation.

Can’t find my way home

Ellen McIlwain:

Hunting my dress

New artist, haunting and hypnotic song. Jesca Hoop:

Close

To another recession. Whee!

An untransformational president

Michael Tomasky understands at least some of the problem with Obama, even if he is a Villager and so hates liberals and is perfectly okay with the chained CPI, but whatever.

At this moment

Remember this one? Billy and the Beaters:

The weakness in me

Joan Armatrading:

A matter of trust

Oh, come on. You listened to him, everybody did! Billy Joel:

Down so low

Tracy Nelson with her song that Linda Ronstadt made famous:

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