Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Starting in June of 2012 the numbers of places where you can buy liquor by the bottle will go from 328 to 1,428. Prices are expected to fall while revenue to the state will go up by nearly $80 Million.
THE GUARDIAN has long been an advocate of doing away with the antiquated liquor dispensary system in Idaho. In Washington it will mean more than 900 state employees will lose their jobs, Liquor prices are expected to drop but not to the levels of California. Washington will hang onto high levels of sin-taxation.
Costco was the main contributor in the effort to overturn Washington's liquor law regarding state run dispensaries. Costco ponied up a cool $22.5 Million of the total of $22.7 Million spent to pass Initiative 1183 in Washington. It will be interesting to see if Costco sees an opportunity to go after states like Idaho with antiquated liquor sales models and expensive delivery overhead. Here's a link for more info .
Posted by Paul Alldredge at 1:21 PM