February 20th, 2006
Pennsylvania Governor Rendell wants to “maintain the state system” where consumers that order out of state wine must pick them up at a state-controlled liquor store. In this system, consumers must pay an 18 % state tax, a 6% sales tax, and a $4.50 handling fee. The governor’s office claims that this is necessary to prevent the sale of alcohol to minors.
We’ve refuted this argument in the past, but I love the way that Bill Nelson of Wine America puts it: “That’s just a colossal lie…The minors thing has been debunked in all the other states that have direct shipping.”