I am pleased to offer for your co-sponsorship consideration a bill to amend the Pennsylvania Liquor Code as an Alternative to Privatization. This legislation would provide greater convenience to the customer and increase the profit of the PLCB to enhance the return for the taxpayer.
In fiscal year 2012/2013 the PLCB returned over $551 million in taxes and profit as revenue for the General Fund on sales of $2.2 billion and additionally paid off a $110 million loan that has existed for decades. The fiscal year financial performance net of taxes is more illustrative:
Sales Net of Taxes……………$1,731,463,014
Net Income (Profit)……………$128,365,957 a profit of 7.41%
These figures are provided by the Comptroller of the PLCB in Governor Corbett’s Office of the Budget not the PLCB.
This legislation would amend the liquor code in the following ways with measurable increases of profit as testified by the PLCB during this year’s Appropriation hearings:
Sources of Additional Revenue
The fiscal impact of increased profits of these initiatives as projected at the conclusion of year one of implementation is as follows:
- Remove Sunday Sales Limitation on Store Openings and Hours of Operation-current law limits the Sunday store openings to 25% of all stores and limits the hours of operation of these stores to noon to 5 PM. This legislation would remove the 25% cap and allow appropriate hours of operation for the Sunday consumer.
- Pricing/Customer Relations Management-current law mandates a proportional mark up on all items to the cost paid for said item. This mandate does not benefit the customer as sale prices must come from a purchase price reduction offered by the supplier. This places the PLCB at a competitive disadvantage as compared to retailers in open states and inhibits the best price available for the customer. This legislation would afford the PLCB to use best retail pricing practices to secure the very best price for the customer. Also, loyalty programs (Customer Relations Management Programs) are prohibited. This legislation would remove the statutory limitations on loyalty programs.
- Modular Fine Wine and Good Spirit Stores within a Large Retail Store- this legislation would urge the PLCB to expedite a program, currently on hold, for a 400 sq. ft. modular store for use in supermarkets and large retail stores. The store would hold more SKUs (Stock Keeping Units) or selection of items then supermarkets in open states. This initiative would particularly benefit underserved rural areas.
- Expedited Review of PLCB Leases by the Department of General Services-this legislative mandate is very important for the aforementioned “store within a retail store”. PLCB lease review has been intentionally slowed down by DGS from a one month review in prior administrations to over one year currently. Every lease, whether new or renewal, is subject to this unfortunate time line. Of the over 600 PLCB stores, around 250 are located in shopping centers with supermarkets or retail stores. The PLCB would like to re-locate this stores adjacent to these supermarkets and retail stores for customer convenience. This legislation would mandate a 45 day review window on all leases approved by DGS. Proper location of PLCB stores for the benefit of customer convenience would take place in several months rather then years and also would benefit the Pennsylvania developers and landlords of these properties.
- Direct Shipment of Wine and Spirits-this legislation would permit Pennsylvania residents to receive shipments of wine and spirits to them in Pennsylvania and also enable the PLCB to ship out of state.
- Lottery Sales-this legislation would enable the PLCB to work with the Pa Lottery to place the self attended lottery machines in over 600 new outlets for the benefit of the customer and the enhanced revenue for lottery programs.
- Consortium Product Buying-this legislation would make clear that the PLCB may take the lead in joining some of the other 18 control states, like Michigan, Virginia, Ohio and New Hampshire, in buying product in unified fashion to help secure the very best price for the Pa consumer on the PLCB store shelf.
Additional Projected Revenue
This $185,500,000 in additional profit would raise the $128,365,957 of 2012/2013 to over $300,000,000 in profit after the first full year of adoption.
- Sunday Sales………………...….….$22,500,000
- Store Within a Store……….....…….$25,000,000
- Expedited Lease Review…….....…$25,000,000
- PLCB Out of State Shipping.….......$25,000,000
- Lottery Sales………………...……….$3,000,000
- Consortium Buying…………....……$10,000,000
Please consider supporting this long overdue Pennsylvania Liquor Code amendment reform as an alternative to privatization for the benefit of the Pa customers of wine and spirits and enhanced revenue for the General Fund.