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ELECTION: Say no to liquor privatization

Letter by Kevin I. Danby, Ephrata on Sep. 21, 2010 at 11:50 am | 21 Comments »
September 21, 2010 11:50 am

I would like to point out a few reasons why voters should oppose Initiatives 1100 and 1105.

In addition to harming the $4 billion Washington wine industry, the Washington state craft brewers also know the consequences of these initiatives and have joined the opposition.

There are significant social consequences if 1100 and 1105 pass. The number of hard liquor outlets will go from 315 to as many as 5,000. Because corporations that sell liquor wrote the initiatives, Washington would become the least-regulated state in the nation for hard liquor sales.

The odds of a minor making an illegal purchase will go from 1 in 20 to 1 in 4. Alcohol-related traffic problems such as drunk driving will increase significantly.

Current revenue now paid to cities and counties will flow into the pockets of big box stores and out-of-state distillers. Washington state liquor prices are high due to state and federal taxes. These will not change under the proposed Initiatives. Prices will likely be higher due to distribution costs and possible tax increases to offset revenue loss.

There are too many reasons to reject 1100 and 1105, so I urge you to vote no.

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