The voters of this state have made it clear we want the state out of the liquor business, but my understanding was that private business people would work with the state to take over the existing stores.
We do not want increased access, and we do not want to dismantle the distribution system that allows stable costs. We also don’t want to put more than 1,000 people out of work.
Just because other states do it differently, doesn’t mean this system does not work in Washington state. Costco and others have no business telling us how to provide alcohol, be it hard alcohol, beer or wine. With the increase in membership fee, am I helping pay for Costco’s pro-1183 campaign? I may no longer be a customer of Costco.