Time to sue the State Along With Stores

By Bob L.

The Alcoholics and the Winos show their colors, booze is now more available any where they go, and the State will walk away from it like they are doing every where else.

Are the going to walk away from what they are going to cause, more health problems, deaths, Accidents, Robberies, and Shop Lifting.

Now who gets to enforce the new law, Oh yea the ones who were laid off for lack of funds, and will be lucky to see any of that money that was promised to them if passed. It just like every thing else, money collected, General fund spends it at what ever they want, just like the lottery. 

Now what is the State going to do with the money from the people who are getting let go? REMEMBER FOR EVERY ACTION, THERE IS A REACTION, Just think of the fall out of more jobs, Now who is next, with the State going out of Business and privatizing every thing the State does, will it be the highway workers, State Weight Control, Unemployment Offices, Parks and Recreation, maybe the Washington State Patrol, with privatizing NO more State JOBS. Just Politicians, TIME WILL TELL!!!      


Coming to a grocery store near you: Liquor

JORDAN SCHRADER      The News Tribune
Published:  11/08/11 11:03 pm | Updated: 11/09/11

Costco is toasting its success.

And state liquor-store employees could use a drink.

The 166 stores where they work will close by June 1. Three of every five  voters were backing Initiative 1183 in early returns, choosing to join most  other states by withdrawing government from the liquor business.

“I think every taxpayer and consumer in this state benefits,” said Bruce  Beckett, government affairs director for the Washington Restaurant  Association.

The most expensive ballot-measure fight in state history pitted retail giant  Costco against national liquor dealers. The two sides spent at least $30  million, a sum usually seen only in races for governor or U.S. Senate.

It was probably enough to buy every registered voter a cocktail, but was  largely spent persuading undecided voters by filling the airwaves with arguments  about public safety and corporate greed.

Costco alone contributed more than $22 million to the campaign – though it  could get a refund of any unspent money – with other grocers, restaurants and  other supporters kicking in far smaller amounts.

“It took an awful lot of resources to overcome some information that was  being perpetuated by the opponents,” Beckett said of the record-breaking Costco  donation.

It was a rerun of last year’s campaign, except last year voters refused to go  along with Costco’s privatization plan.

Now Washington will join the 32 states that leave hard liquor to the private  market – with at least one big difference. With some notable exceptions, liquor  won’t be sold at stores smaller than 10,000 square feet, about the size of a  typical Trader Joe’s.

Costco and its allies added that provision as a way to counter worries that  mini-marts and gas stations would spring up everywhere. That likely played a  role in voters’ rejection of a similar measure on last year’s ballot.

Authors also added new fees that make sure local governments won’t be harmed.  In fact, local and state governments potentially stand to add revenue – more  than $400 million over six years, the governor’s budget office predicts.

Opponents said they hope I-1183 fulfills supporters’ promises and benefits  local law enforcement. Still, some government employees will have to find new  jobs – though Beckett said those employees have skills that will transfer to  private stores.

“More than 900 people will lose their jobs as a result of I-1183, and our  thoughts are with them and their families,” said Alex Fryer, a spokesman for  opponents, in a statement.

But maybe the biggest change Costco made was going all-in on spending.

The Issaquah retailer had plenty to gain. The initiative will provide a new  line of products and will rewrite the rules that keep alcohol buyers from  negotiating discounts based on volume. Beer will remain restricted, but  discounting will be possible for wine and liquor.

It’s not completely clear what the new rules and the end of a government  monopoly will do to the cost of booze. Liquor prices in Washington are some of  the highest in the nation, but that’s mostly because of high taxes that won’t  change.

Supporters spent at least $18.5 million, while opponents spent at least $11.7  million, mostly contributions from alcohol wholesalers.

The wholesale distributors worried about being cut out of their legally  protected role as middlemen. I-1183 allows retailers to distribute to their own  stores through a central warehouse.

The wholesalers paid for ads suggesting that a loophole in the law would  allow minimarts to flourish after all. Their numbers were invented, but some  smaller stores will indeed sell liquor.

Some could replace the current government stores, and others will be new  versions of the private stores that contract with the government. But the state  liquor board could authorize others in areas with no large stores. The size of  those areas isn’t defined.

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