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I-1183: Don’t be fooled by supporters

Letter by Brian W. Hogan, Kent on Oct. 10, 2011 at 2:50 pm | 85 Comments »
October 10, 2011 2:50 pm

So you’ll know where I’m coming from, I buy my annual box of Guinness from Costco, make a few purchases of peach schnapps at the local liquor store, and occasionally buy a scratch ticket or play the Lotto. I pass on anything I have to inhale, thank you.

The News Tribune’s analysis (10-9) of the liquor initiative makes it clear it’s not necessarily going to be cheaper to buy from the private stores, as the state is going to assess the same rate of taxes. So then the only way the state comes out ahead from the deal is to lay off more than 1,000 middle-income employees and the increased sales of liquor. Since we’re trying to increase, not decrease, the number of taxpaying people in this state, that seems silly.

Since I’ve never been in liquor store where the wait line has been larger than two, we have no shortage of opportunity to purchase liquor. What we do not have is “in-your-face” advertising to increase the sale of liquor, as would happen with privatization.

Why would we choose to line the pockets of the big stores that are salivating to get their hands on potentially big profits for themselves? The vote yes ads are deceptively portraying the supposed benefits in passing Initiative 1183 while encouraging the purchase of an item that can lead to destructive behavior.

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