State May Raise Liquor Prices

Cost of labor going up, so state's markup might do the same.

AP reports the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board might raise the markup on booze in state stores from 30 percent to 35 percent. The 30 percent take on liquor sales has stood since 1993.

Why the raise? Because the cost of pensions and health care for store workers is increasing. The agency’s net income is expected to decrease to $96 million this year from $121 million.

But don’t worry: The markup hasn’t been approved … yet.  “There’s always been a discussion about the last time the markup was increased,” Chairman Joseph “Skip” Brion told AP. “From my perspective at this point in time, it’s not a viable option.”