The news that the state-operated liquor stores rang up record sales last fiscal year isn’t stopping House Majority Leader Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny from his quest of privatizing the state stores, according a source in his office.

“It’s right at the top of his agenda,” the source said. “It’s a constant topic of discussion in the office.”

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) reported that sales at state stores for the year that ended June 30 set a record at nearly $2 billion - a 4 percent increase from last year - and generated a record $496 million in profit and tax revenue.

In a statement released by the PLCB, Chairman Patrick “P.J.” Stapleton, III, said that the Board has never delivered such strong returns.

And observers of our growth know it hasn’t happened by accident. For the last four years, this leadership team has implemented a strategy to run the PLCB more like a business – and these numbers are the result,” Stapleton said.

The Board noted that its four-percent sales growth outpaced the average three-percent growth of alcohol-control states nationally, making the PLCB one of the top performers among the nation’s 19 control jurisdictions.