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 …