Wednesday, November 17, 2010
It doesn't take a genius to figure out a lot of "sacred cows" are going to get gored this year. The obvious one nobody wants to talk about is education. It is the largest part of the Idaho State Budget. One elected representative threw out the idea that kindergarten will surely be one of the areas facing budget cuts to education this year. I don't think property taxpayers are in any mood to pay more taxes to schools this year like they did last year. We can expect a lot of noise over this issue.
One section of the Idaho government THE GUARDIAN finds interesting is the State Liquor Dispensary. The name sounds so sterile and sanitary when you say it out loud. It is the 21st century and the name has such a antiquated ring to it.
Elected officials have to ask themselves why the state is in the retail liquor business. All of the overhead associated with the liquor business could go away if the sales of liquor were handed over to private business. Retail outlets could do business directly with distributors and we could eliminate the entire Liquor Dispensary, their retail operations, their staffs, warehouses and distribution vehicles.
We have never understood just how this antiquated system is a benefit of any kind to residents and taxpayers. It is our suggestion this bit of nostalgia simply go away in 2011. It would be a revenue neutral move to do away with this area of Idaho Government.
Posted by Paul Alldredge at 3:10 PM