Democrats for Booze Vouchers

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Know any Democratic politicians who would support creating vouchers that people could exchange for handles of liquor? Or maybe mailing rural voters some coupons for booze, so they can drink for cheaper?

I don’t think I do, but that’s exactly what state Democrats are supporting when they advocate keeping open money-losing rural liquor stores. PLCB is running a charity for rural Republicans to get drunk for cheap. What policy goals could this possibly serve?

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11 Responses to Democrats for Booze Vouchers

  1. This whole liquor store debate should not even be happening in 2013. I can drive 30 minutes over the border to WVA and buy a six pack in a gas station or a bottle of wine in the grocery store. The democrats need to stop being concerned with “state jobs” and start being concerned with ACTUAL jobs… being able to have a privately owned liquor store would generate tons of jobs for people. And before other democrats start saying “but state jobs pay more” – the liquor stores pay $11.00+ an hour BUT they only hire PART-TIME employees. Only 2 or 3 of ALL the state liquor stores hire full time.

    I am a liberal, but this whole argument is ridiculous. And the republicans are winning out because of this. People like to drink and they want it cheaper and more accessible. It’s just a fact and dems better get on board before they start losing even MORE support.

    • … being able to have a privately owned liquor store would generate tons of jobs for people.

      Proof?

      • Oh I’m sorry that basic common sense obviously does not work for you… More stores allowed to open = more jobs. If more stores open, they have to HIRE people to run them.

        • John Rzodkiewicz says:

          No need to be snarky Courtney. Common sense should tell you more than 2 0r 3 of all the liquor stores have full time employees. Think about it. It might be a stretch for you to get this other concept but here goes. The UFCW deals with all sorts of retail outlets. They bring in new product lines all the time. When they do they don’t run out and hire people. They reallocate shelf space and reassign employee duties. that’s it. Some jobs may be created in Stand alone stores like Total but those are the same type of jobs WalMart provides that have a negative overall economic effect, due to the high number of employees receiving taxpayer benefits and the company using the Delaware loophole to pay their business taxes out of state.

          • Jon Geeting says:

            What I don’t understand is why anyone should care about the number of jobs required to get people the alcohol they want. Does anyone care about how many people will be employed in the future pot business? The purpose of this market is to get alcohol to people. That’s the point. If fewer people are required to sell the same amount of alcohol that people want, that’s a good thing for the economy.

            In the short term, there’s a “now less than ever” issue, where it’s not good macroeconomic policy to lay off any public workers. But if we were closer to full employment, there would be absolutely no jobs argument. The Senate bill dealt with this issue decently well by setting up a process for closing the stores a few years in the future.

          • These are the requirements to work for the state liquor stores. They do not hire full time employees – you have to “earn” it and that is only if there is an availability. Yes, private sector jobs work that way too, however, there is MORE opportunity for full-time employment in the private sector especially if there are MORE STORES that are able to sell alcohol.

            Website ( file:///C:/Users/Court_000/Downloads/2009-019LiquorStoreClerks.htm )
            Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
            State Civil Service Commission

            Examinations

            for

            LIQUOR STORE CLERKS

            Exam
            No.

            Job Titles
            Job
            Codes
            Starting
            Salary
            1.
            Intermittent Liquor Store Clerk (PART-TIME)
            02060
            $11.45/hour
            2.
            Liquor Store Clerk 1
            02120
            $22,396/year

            When completing your application, make sure you apply for all job titles for which you want to be tested. You will NOT be permitted to add job titles after you test.

            NOTE: Liquor Store Clerk 1 positions are filled primarily by the promotion of Intermittent Liquor Store Clerks. Therefore, it is in your best interest to APPLY FOR BOTH JOB TITLES.

            Full-time work (Liquor Store Clerk 1) on initial hire is only available in Bucks, Chester and Montgomery Counties. The remaining counties hire only Intermittent (PART-TIME) Liquor Store Clerks.

            APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

            NATURE OF WORK

            Employees in both job titles sell merchandise to customers, assist customers in obtaining merchandise, total purchases on a computerized cash register, and collect money and make change. They stock shelves; take inventory; complete forms pertaining to store operations; unload shipments from trucks; and mop, sweep, dust, clean windows, etc.

            Intermittent Liquor Store Clerks work on a permanent part-time basis.

            JOB REQUIREMENTS

            You are subject to Pennsylvania residency requirements and must be able to perform the essential functions of the job. Visit the Commission’s website, Job Seekers page, for PA Residency Information.

            MIMIMUM REQUIREMENTS

            You must pass the test. You must be at least 18 years of age within 60 days of the date you apply.

            IMPORTANT NOTICE

            YOUR BACKGROUND WILL BE CHECKED. IF YOU HAVE BEEN CONVICTED OF A FELONY WITHIN THE LAST 10 YEARS, YOU CANNOT WORK IN THESE JOBS. IF YOU HAVE OTHER CRIMINAL CONVICTIONS, THEY WILL BE REVIEWED ON A CASE-BY-CASE BASIS TO DETERMINE IF THEY ARE JOB RELATED. IF THEY ARE, YOU MAY BE REMOVED FROM THE JOB.

            A. Intermittent Liquor Store Clerk (PART-TIME)
            Scheduled hours depend upon the needs of the individual store(s) to which you are assigned. However, hours or store assignments may change on short notice due to operational needs. You will work at least 4 hours each day you are scheduled and between 13 and 32 hours a week. You also may be required to travel to different store locations in those counties you selected on your Civil Service Application.

            B. Liquor Store Clerk 1
            This position is full-time with a normal week of 37.5 hours.

            2. Unload shipments of merchandise once or twice a week. This involves lifting, carrying and stacking cases of alcoholic beverages; using a hand truck; and climbing a ladder. Unloading is usually a 2-4 hour operation. You must also lift and carry merchandise in order to stock store shelves. Cases weigh up to 65 pounds. Most weigh between 30 and 40 pounds, with many between 40 and 50 pounds.

            3. Operate a computerized cash register and be responsible and accountable for all cash, check, gift card/gift certificate and debit/credit card transactions while assigned to the register.

            4. Perform custodial duties, such as sweeping, dusting, mopping, cleaning windows and lavatories and removing snow and ice.

            JOB OPPORTUNITIES

            EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

            There are approximately 850 filled positions for each job title. These positions are located throughout Pennsylvania. Complete Section D (Locations Where You Will Accept Employment) of your Civil Service Application to indicate where you will accept employment as an Intermittent Liquor Store Clerk or Liquor Store Clerk 1. Refer to the county codes and map of your application. Be sure to include the county code where you live unless you do not want to work there. Remember to list only those counties where you will accept a job. An estimate of the number of vacancies per year for each job title is given below:

            Job Title
            Approx. Number of Vacancies Per Year
            Intermittent Liquor Store Clerk
            500
            Liquor Store Clerk 1
            25

            Full-time work (Liquor Store Clerk 1) on initial hire is only available in Bucks, Chester and Montgomery Counties. The remaining counties hire only Intermittent Liquor Store Clerks.

            Upon completion of the contractual probationary period of 45 days or 3 months, whichever is less, Intermittent Liquor Store Clerks may request to work a minimum of 20 hours a week. Part-time employees choosing this option will be required to maintain full availability and work in any store in the supervisory district or county (whichever is smaller).

            After successful completion of 13 pay periods (26 weeks), Intermittent Liquor Store Clerks are eligible for reassignment to Liquor Store Clerk 1 positions in seniority order as vacancies occur.

            For the most recent information on job opportunities, contact one of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board offices listed in the “How to Apply” section of this announcement.

            TESTING

            The written test will be administered on a computer. Information about computerized testing is available online at http://www.scsc.state.pa.us OR in paper form at any State Civil Service Commission office. You will have a maximum of 2 1/2 hours to complete the test.

            The test covers the following subject areas:

            Subject Area
            Number of Questions
            Counting Cash Drawers
            30
            Merchandise Selection
            20
            Interpersonal Skills
            30
            Making Change
            15
            Totaling Sales
            25
            Total
            120

            The test will be held in the Harrisburg, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh State Civil Service Commission offices, Monday through Friday.

            The test will also be held approximately 10 days a month at additional test centers located in Allentown, Erie, Johnstown, Lock Haven, and Scranton. For further details on test dates, contact the Commission’s Information Services Unit; Telephone (Voice) (717) 787-7811, Text Telephone (Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing callers only) (717) 783-8896.

            If you take the test and want to take it again, or wish to test for an additional classification from this test announcement, you may be retested after 6 months from the date of your test. You must submit a new application to be retested.

            If your name is on an eligible list for these job titles and you take this test, your most recent examination result will be the only one counted.

            If this announcement does not produce enough names for a specific area, another test may be announced for that area only.

            TEST RESULTS

            Employment lists will be established. You will be notified in writing of your test results.

      • Jon Geeting says:

        Do you think that doubling the number of liquor stores would require the same number of employees?

  2. thereisnorule6 says:

    when do they start handing out these booze vouchers that you speak of?

  3. Jake Sternberger says:

    Jon, I can see the PA GOP press release now:
    “Dems get rural Republicans drunk on the cheap to suppress votes on election day”

  4. Jon Geeting says:

    I’ve thought about handing out a bunch of soda at Republican campaign offices the month before election day.

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