Privatization

  • Press Release
    June 9, 2014 - 3:03pm

    Today, a “wine privatization proposal” may be considered by the Pennsylvania Senate’s Appropriations Committee. According to reports, the plan would liberalize retail wine and beer sales, leaving in place state control of wholesale wine and spirits distribution and retail spirits distribution.

    Keystone Research Center Executive Director, Dr. Stephen Herzenberg, released the following statement:

  • Media Coverage
    August 23, 2013 - 11:45am

    KRC Executive Dirtector Stephen Herzenberg was a guest on PA Newsmakers along with Katrina Anderson of the Commonwealth Foundation debating the wisdom of privatizing the state's wine and spirits store system. Watch Steve outline why privatization would be bad news for Pennsylvania from both a fiscal and social perspective. (The privatization segment runs for the first 15 minutes.)

  • Press Release
    April 30, 2013 - 1:55pm

    To: Pennsylvania Senate Law and Justice Committee
    From: Dr. Stephen Herzenberg, Executive Director, Keystone Research Center
    Date: April 30, 2013
    Subject: The Social Impacts of Privatizing Pennsylvania Wine and Spirits Stores

    Cc: Pennsylvania General Assembly members and Pennsylvania media

  • Press Release
    April 23, 2013 - 3:54pm

    Read Mark Price's testimony before the Senate Democratic Policy Committee

    PHILADELPHIA, PA (April 23, 2013) — In a roundtable discussion on “Modernizing the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board” today, Dr. Mark Price of the Keystone Research Center reviewed the research literature on the social impacts of retail alcohol privatization, which shows negative impacts on alcohol-related traffic fatalities, health, and crime.

  • Event
    March 8, 2013 - 11:58am

    Increasingly, cash-strapped cities and states are selling off public assets and services in exchange for lump sums of money. Proponents say the private sector can do many things better than government, and usually for less money. Critics say privatization exploits financial hardship, undermines democracy and, in the long-run, costs taxpayers money.

    KRC Executive Director Steve Herzenberg will join veteran WPSU interviewer Patty Satalia to explain what privatization means and what's at stake.

    April 11, 2013 at 8 p.m.

  • Press Release
    January 30, 2013 - 5:23pm

    HARRISBURG, PA (January 30, 2013) — The Keystone Research Center (KRC) today called on the General Assembly and public to encourage Governor Corbett to abandon a new proposal to dramatically increase the number of retail outlets for beer, wine and spirits in the state.

    "The proposal could cost the commonwealth revenue that won’t be invested in education, health services and a stronger economy," said Stephen Herzenberg, Ph.D., an economist and executive director of KRC. "It will also radically increase alcohol accessibility and the resulting social costs."

  • Media Coverage
    January 24, 2013 - 2:23pm

    PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS EDITORIAL

    STATE lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are miffed at Gov. Corbett for contracting with a British firm to privately manage the state lottery. So are we, but not for the same reasons.

    Some lawmakers gripe that Corbett pulled a stealth move that will be bad for the state: the contract had only a single bidder, the aptly named Camelot. Budget experts say that the potential return doesn't justify the move, especially since the state seems to be running the lottery well enough to reach record-setting revenues - now $1 billion a year.

  • Media Coverage
    January 18, 2013 - 9:42am

    By Randy LoBasso
    Philadelphia Weekly 

  • Media Coverage
    January 18, 2013 - 9:41am

    By Jan Murphy
    Harrisburg Patriot-News 

    Gov. Tom Corbett is a week away from executing an agreement that will turn the Pennsylvania Lottery over to United Kingdom-based Camelot Global Services PA, LLC for the next 20 years.

    This outsourcing will be the topic of a Senate Finance Committee hearing today.

    The following attempts to shed some light on this new arrangement and how it came to be.

    What changes will lottery players see under a private manager?

    The lottery is in for a bit of a makeover.

  • Policy Watch
    January 14, 2013 - 4:42pm

    The following is written testimony provided by Stephen Herzenberg to the Pennsylvania Senate Finance Committee.

    Download a PDF Version of this Testimony

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