This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.
As Pennsylvania House and Senate leaders move toward a state budget agreement in fits and starts, one piece of the compromise appears to have fallen by the wayside: changes to the state’s wine and spirits stores.
It happened gradually.
For a year, House Republicans insisted that revamping the system should be part of a budget compromise. But earlier this month, the lawmaker trying to draft the proposal said he didn’t see a "path forward right now."
This week, Rep. John Taylor (R-Philadelphia) said the issue is no longer considered central to the passage of a state budget.
"I don’t think that’s going to hold it or keep it," said Taylor.