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ELECTION: Costco needs to be more up-front on I-1100

Letter by Howard Glastetter , Olympia on Oct. 22, 2010 at 2:35 pm | 20 Comments »
October 22, 2010 5:59 pm

I’m a Costco member and received an email from Costco the other day. It was encouraging me to vote for I-1100, the initiative to do away with state controlled liquor stores. The five-page email was carefully worded double talk.

I felt their main issue, particularly, twisted the facts. They stated under the heading I-1100 ends price gouging: “In its search for more cash, the state Liquor Control Board charges a 51.9% markup on liquor”. This is not true. The Legislature has ordered that markup. If the LCB reduced the markup they would be going against the legislature.

The markup is not something that goes to LCB employees or the stores where they work. The markup goes to the state general fund, and to the police and firefighters that are some times impacted by those who over consume alcohol and cause problems. The state legislators should be embarrassed about calling a tax a markup, but that is no reflection on how this LCB money is used to support legitimate state needs.

While Costco has an impressive business model, their email colors that image.

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