Pennsylvania liquor regulators planning to raise prices on 422 items

As covered last week on DrinksReform.org, Pennsylvania's liquor regulators have been threatening to raise the prices on booze in state liquor stores. Now they have identified 422 items that are schedule to receive a price increase, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

"Pennsylvania’s system of state-owned liquor stores said Wednesday it will deploy its new authority to decide what prices to charge by increasing the cost of 422 items at the end of this month.

The Liquor Control Board said 393 of the increases will amount to $1 per bottle, and the vast majority will be less than 10 percent.

A 2016 state law gave the agency authority to raise prices for 150 of the top-selling brands of wine and the 150 most popular brands of spirits..."

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Lehigh Valley Live also ran a staff editorial condemning the price increases and calling for more privatization.