Energy - December 2, 2011

Senator Rafferty to Run For AG

This week state Senator John Rafferty (R-Montgomery) announced his candidacy for state Attorney General. Sen. Rafferty has served in the state Senate since 2002 and currently chairs the Senate Transportation Committee. According to the Patriot News, he has pushed legislation dealing with gaming reform, changing the law to allow six packs of beer to be sold by beer distributors, groceries and convenience stores, and urged lawmakers to make texting while driving a primary offense.

Liquor Privatization Bill Scheduled For Vote

On Wednesday the House Liquor Control Committee held a public hearing on House Majority Leader Mike Turzai's bill, HB 11, which would privatize the sales of wine & spirits through the abolition of State Liquor Stores. This measure is a top priority of Rep. Turzai, as well as Governor Corbett. However, Auditor General Jack Wager, a Democrat, is critical of the measure and says it will result in higher prices for wines and spirits and reduce the tax revenue to the state budget. According to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Pennsylvania has some of the strictest alcohol control laws in the nation. The Committee has scheduled a vote on the bill for December 13.

National Employment

According to CNN, the U.S. unemployment rate falls to 8.6% which is the lowest since March 2009. In November, the national as economy gained 120,000 jobs in November.