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ELECTION: Leave liquor sales to private businesses

Letter by James D. Arthur, Puyallup on Oct. 20, 2010 at 2:52 pm | No Comments »
October 20, 2010 4:50 pm

Initiatives 1100 and 1105 both seek to privatize the sale of hard alcohol, something that should have been done all along.

The state has no reason to be in the liquor business in the first place. I understand the need to regulate the distribution and sale of alcohol and control the licensing, but the sales should be left to private businesses.

Taxation on alcoholic beverages and the additional licensing fees for the retail beverage outlets will help to offset the loss in revenue, while the sales staff from the state liquor stores will be able to find jobs at any of the retail liquor stores that will be opening.

Monopolies and price fixing are illegal for private business; the same rules should apply to the state. Businesses should have the ability to sell whatever beverages they choose at their licensed locations and not be limited by state retailers.

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