But the announcement comes just weeks after a memo from the LCB's chief of financial operations warned board members that this year might not be so profitable.
Sales and taxes generated
Overall, the agency sent more than
"As we move forward, we continue to analyze our expenses and sales data to make sure that we're operating the agency in the most efficient, effective and responsible manner possible to benefit the commonwealth and its citizens," Brion said.
But the financial picture presented on Wednesday differs from one painted for next year in an internal LCB memo obtained by the Tribune-Review last month.
In that memo,
Hehemann proposed raising the LCB's markup on products from 30 percent to 35 percent to generate an additional
An official from a
"The memo is saying (that) in the future, 'If we're going to be financially stable, we're going to have to charge everyone more,'" said
"For someone in that (LCB) system to be analyzing what we could do and how we could do it shouldn't be a shocker to anybody," he said.
"Contrary to what some politicians ... want people to believe, the PLCB is a valuable asset that benefits all Pennsylvanians and continues to produce more and record revenue and profit," Young said.
State store sales last year were in part driven by Chairman's Selection wines, which saw a 5.6-percent growth, according to LCB figures. The Chairman's Selection program offers highly rated but limited-quantity wines sold at deep discounts.
Overall sales of wines and spirits each increased 3.7 percent, figures show.
Since then, other proposals have surfaced, but lawmakers in the Republican-controlled
Young said his group and the LCB have pushed for changes that would modernize the agency's operations, such as increasing store hours, allowing direct shipment of products to consumers and allowing flexibility in pricing. Lawmakers would have to approve those changes.
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