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Tag: initiative 1183

Nov.
4th

I-1183: A winner for the consumer

Initiative 1183 has become a contest of misinformation. The initiative has desirable objectives:

• Ending the state’s monopoly over the sale of liquor and providing a private sector market-driven approach.

• Reducing the state-imposed minimal price increase of 40 to 50 percent to a minimum private sector increase of 27 percent.

• Providing state and local governments with increased revenues that they can use for priority purposes.

The initiative sets 10,000 square feet as the minimum for liquor-selling private sector stores and allows the state Liquor Control Board to provide licenses to smaller stores where the board determines there is

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Oct.
31st

I-1183: State liquor control doesn’t increase safety

The statements against Initiative 1183 are so false and misleading it’s pathetic.

We are told that state control is paramount in protecting our youth from the increasing presence of alcohol if this bill passes. Let’s examine the factual data between Washington and Massachusetts. The data exists in many formats if one bothers to check. Both states are blue so there is no political slant in the comparisons.

In population, Washington is number 13, Massachusetts is 14. Massachusetts is privately controlled. For the year 2009, deaths per 100,000 under 21 was 0.7 for Massachusetts, 1.6 for Washington, more than double. For

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Oct.
31st

I-1183: Privatization = piratization

Anyone who thinks corporate interests aren’t about money and not making something cheaper for the consumer doesn’t get it.

Costco looks like another example of piratization by spending $22 million on this election. Consumers will pay these costs and more in lost jobs.

Of higher concern is accessibility, theft by minors and adult ease of getting more liquor when they shouldn’t. That ease – causing one life being lost or one person maimed – is why I’m voting no on Initiative 1183.

More than 50 years ago when I was a minor, I got hard liquor any time I wanted

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Oct.
31st

I-1183: Is safety really a concern?

If I understand the two sides of the Initiative 1183 issue correctly, supporters are only interested in profits while opponents want the state to be in charge because it is concerned about public safety.

Oh really? Guess where the state recently opened a new liquor store? In DuPont, a heavily  military community that is directly across the freeway from Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Many of our troops residing in that area are suffering from combat trauma-related PTSD, and its symptoms are just starting to surface from the last deployment.

My son has served four deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan in the

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Oct.
31st

I-1183: Understand measure before you vote

The Distilled Spirits Council is neutral on the issue of liquor privatization and on Initiative 1183.

As a national trade association representing America’s leading distillers, we are often asked by policymakers considering privatization to comment on the technical aspects of specific legislation relating to privatization. Because I-1183 will be decided directly by voters, we feel obligated to inform voters, many of whom are our customers, about how this effort may impact them.

While neutral, we have concerns based on our national principles with some components of I-1183.

• It would allow retailers to sell to retailers, creating another wholesale tier

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Oct.
31st

I-1183: Nothing but a foot in the door

A few days ago I visited a local store, and while there it occurred to me that it didn’t meet the minimum square footage with regard to Initiative 1183. Yet the company had chipped in with Costco to get it passed. In fact few, if any, of their stores meet the requirements.

It appears that the “loophole” they deny exists does exist after all. Or do they intend to bide their time and wait two years for the onslaught of lobbyists from corporations such as AM-PM, 7-Eleven, Circle K and the like?

As with all initiatives, after two years the

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Oct.
31st

I-1183: The Costco way to democracy

With so much conflicting information about the I-1183 liquor initiative, I thought it might help voters understand what’s really at stake by providing a math story problem:

Hoping to bring an end to booze tyranny, Costco contributes $22.7 million to promote I-1183. (By comparison, the second-highest corporate contributor to the campaign is Safeway, which chips in a paltry $50,000.) Not only is Costco almost single-handedly fighting this battle in the name of alcohol democracy, the company’s net income in the fourth quarter this year was only $478 million, an increase of less than11 percent, thus necessitating that Costco increase membership

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Oct.
28th

I-1183: Too much junk mail

Every day in my mailbox is a message from deep-pocketed, big-box retailers: “Vote YES on 1183.” This is the first time I have had a ballot measure number memorized just from the sheer volume of propaganda mail I am getting.

I don’t much care what happens to 1183. Whichever way it goes is not going to determine the fate of the world. But, truth be told, I’m going to vote against it. One good reason is that if it loses, corporations may get our message that they can’t buy our votes with reams of glossy junk mail.

They say that

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