2010-11-25 / Local & State

Liquor Board Shelves Fee Increases

By PETER JACKSON ASSOCIATED PRESS

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board is backing away from planned increases in handling fees that it levies on manufacturers of liquor and wine.

The board said Thursday it would not increase the fees or approve any price increases proposed by distilleries and wineries for the next six months.

Officials said the fee increases, which vendors could absorb or pass onto consumers, varied from 15 cents for a 50-milliliter bottle of liquor to $1.15 for a three-liter bottle of wine.

Gov.-elect Tom Corbett had sharply criticized the timing of the increase on Jan. 4 _ two weeks before he takes office. His spokesman, Kevin Harley, praised the board’s decision and called it a victory for consumers.

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