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I-1183: Passage will put many out of work

Letter by Paul Gerspacher, Tacoma on Oct. 31, 2011 at 3:37 pm with 2 Comments »
November 1, 2011 12:32 pm

Regarding those supporting Initiative 1183: Not one ad have I seen claims it would be creating jobs.

If fact, more than 1,000 state workers will lose their jobs – not to mention all the jobs lost by distributors, contract store employees and other supporting services. Thousands of families will be negatively impacted by the passing of I-1183.

Since retail outlets that would gain from I-1183 already have their own distribution and employees in place, it is doubtful these retailers will be hiring anyone to counter the loss of these jobs.

Vote no on I-1183 and keep the currently employed working and off the unemployed list.

Leave a comment Comments → 2
  1. swimmom says:

    I am glad to see someone mention this aspect. With police and fire fighting it out on both sides about safety, there was no mention of how many would lose their jobs. I voted No because I was unable to find information related to potential job loss.

  2. daggercat says:

    I’m hoping a lot of people have not made a decision on this issue yet. Not sure I understand why some of the most important issues have been left out of the public debate. There will be a lot of jobs lost and few created. There are some who think grocery stores will hire the clerks, and warehouse workers and drivers will find positions with other companies, but I can’t see that happening. Grocery stores have been laying people off, and won’t need more to handle the introduction of another product. They introduce new products into their stores all the time. Someone on a post suggested the distributors will now be able to focus attention on the small wineries and breweries. Who’s going to give them shelf space when they can give that space to a money maker like hard alcohol? It’s not always about making the quick dollar, but about supporting our economy so we can all have a decent quality of life in this state. This initiative dissrupts a finely balanced economy without considering the costs. A lot of study needs to go into how to remove the state from this equation so our overall economy is not negetively impacted. This initiative is too rushed. Thank you for voting NO.

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