I think that voting yes on Initiative 1100 is a dumb idea.
The money that the state makes on liquor sales goes into the state treasury. The state treasury is where the state gets the money to perform the services that it provides to the citizens of Washington. Some of these services even fiscal conservatives want provided, like the State Patrol and prisons.
If I-1100 passes, millions of dollars will not go into the state treasury. If it had been in effect in 2009, state taxpayers would have lost more than $230 million in revenue, which was used to fund schools throughout the state as well as health care and other core services.
The state would have to raise that money in another way. The most obvious way would be to raise existing taxes and initiate new taxes.
So if you don’t like the prospect of higher taxes, vote no on I-1100. Please find out more than the sound bites on all the initiatives and candidates that we are voting on in a few weeks. Make an informed decision don’t just blindly vote the way someone tells you to vote. It is up to you.