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In Pa. budget talks, liquor changes pushed to back of the shelf

Changes to the state's wine and spirits stores are another roadblock to a budget deal.

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.

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