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LIQUOR: Seriously scrutinize proposed scheme

Letter by Joyce Carl, Tacoma on April 12, 2011 at 4:44 pm | 3 Comments »
April 13, 2011 9:34 am

Re: “The $300M liquor plan” (TNT, 4-11).

How does a guy whose background is politics and government, who runs a business out of both a house and an apartment in Tacoma called Tom Luce Consulting since 2007, get so much attention for a scheme to make the state $300 million if it hands over operation of its statewide liquor-distribution warehouse to a private company?

According to the article, “If Luce’s idea penciled out, he or another investor could give the state cash up front and take a cut of the state’s $370 million a year in profits – in exchange for the rights to operate the state-controlled liquor distribution system.”

Luce is running his Washington Beverage Company out of his house in Tacoma. According to the state Public Disclosure Commission, Luce has hired three high-end lobbyists. According to a KUOW News article (8-20, 2010) Luce is a “30–year–old with a bachelor’s degree in English.”

I don’t believe an extra eight months give someone the superior business sense to construct a $300 million deal with the state of Washington.

Many of us would like to know who is involved with Luce’s company and who is involved in financing, it and I would hope our state legislators and governor would want to know as well.

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