PLCB Pays State a Half-Billion Dollars

State liquor receipts set new record.

Here’s the best reason for leaving Pennsylvania’s liquor sales in the hands of the state: Selling booze makes a lot of money for Harrisburg’s bank account.

Newsworks reports:

The agency that controls liquor and wine sales in Pennsylvania has transferred a record $526 million to the state government’s main bank account.

A report issued Wednesday by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board says the total for the year ending June 30 is $13 million, or 2.5 percent, higher than the previous year’s transfer.

Most of that revenue comes from state liquor and sales taxes, but it also includes profits of $80 million that was transferred early at Gov. Tom Corbett’s request while this year’s state budget plan was being assembled.

PLCB adds:

In addition to $526 million in contributions to the General Fund, the agency also remitted $8.3 million in local taxes to Philadelphia and Allegheny counties, $25 million to the Pennsylvania State Police, $2.5 million to the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs and $4.5 million in licensing fees returned to local municipalities.

Some of that money would surely be lost if the system were privatized. That deosn’t mean the system shouldn’t be privatized, but the difficulty of replacing that revenue is the best argument that defenders of the status quo have to make.

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  • phillyliberty


  • tonyb

    Every time we can take the responsibility of purchasing out of the hands of the government, it’s a win win situation.

  • CommonSense

    Most of the money comes from Liquor taxes which would be collected if it was private. Charge an annual fee for the license to sale booze and recoop more then $80mm.

    Why does PA think they need to be different then the other 49 States.

  • jim l.
  • Of course, the huge whisky event PhillyMag does with the PLCB every Fall has nothing to do with this POV, right? Joel, you are the ONLY editorialist in the state who’s ballwashing the PLCB. Everyone else gets it that most of the money the State gets from this antiquated shite-relic is taxes which we’d get anyway. The so-called “profits”? How about you take a look at how much the State’s wine and liquor tax REAM us compared to other states, and maybe realize that it would be more fair and progressive to shift that tax burden somewhere else. This is a travesty. We hate the thing. Take it out back of the Capitol Building and kill it with an axe.

  • Your headline is misleading and shows a real bias. The only part of that payment you could possibly adequate to a state run system is the actual profit. Which might very easily be surpassed in new licensing fees through privatization and increased taxes due to greater revenue.

  • Albert Brooks

    The PLCB does nothing for the citizens except for the .04% who work for them. We are not safer, we are not better served and we are not satisfied.

  • DifficultyBreathing

    Lot of money my eye. That money is all sales taxes. Wonder if Mathis praises Wal-Mart for remitting sales taxes it COLLECTS FROM CUSTOMERS. The float, $80 M profit, is a drop in the bucket on a $2.3B operations. That much goes over the Ben Franklin and to WTSO daily because the PLCB is such a failure at providing selection and service. Look beyond the press release, dude.