Me thinks Nucky Thompson would be proud…..
November 27, 2012 – In a recent investigative report, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review uncorked an Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board plot to use millions in taxpayer money to research, copyright, brand, advertise, and market more than 30 “in-house” wines and spirits to compete with private labels for shelf space and consumers. That’s right, taxpayers: You now own a line of government wine and spirits. Unfortunately, shoppers can’t tell the difference, with the in-house brands going by exotic-sounding names like TableLeaf, La Merika, Hayes Valley, Las Parcelas, and Vinestone. But forget for a moment the utterly unexplainable phenomenon of a government agency competing unfairly with private businesses while using millions of tax dollars to advertise and market such products.
Link to Full Article: http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/inquirer/180929571.html