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I-1183 boosts liquor sales — in Idaho

Washington voters probably didn’t intend it, but they gave at least a temporary economic boost to Idaho liquor stores when taking their state out the booze business last year by passing Initiative 1183.
In June, the first month that I-1183 closed Washington’s state-owned liquor stores and raised the overall price of distilled spirits in the private outlets that took their place, Idaho state liquor stores just across the border saw more Evergreen State license plates in their parking lots and a jump in business.
The two Post Falls liquor stores saw a 58 percent increase in sales for June 2012 compared to the previous June, said Jeff Anderson, director of the Idaho State Liquor Division. Between Lewiston and Oldtown, the eight Idaho liquor stores just across the border are up 33 percent overall, or a total of $560,000.
“The numbers are a bit skewed,” Anderson said . . .

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State says Tribe in compliance

Helo Hancock, legislative director for the Coeur d'Alene Tribe

COEUR d'ALENE - The Coeur d'Alene Tribe is in compliance with its gaming compact with Idaho, reports Idaho Lottery Director Jeff Anderson.

"I consider them good stewards of their gaming activities and generous neighbors to the communities on or near the reservation as well as to other good causes," wrote Anderson, in an email sent to The Press.

In response to a story published Saturday in The Press, Tribe Legislative Director Helo Hancock also said the Tribe is in compliance with its gaming compact. However, neither Hancock nor Anderson would provide proof of that compliance.

Saturday's story reported that the Tribe will not disclose the details of its contributions of 5 percent of its annual net gaming income to support education. Full Story. Maureen Donlan, Cda Press

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Idaho Liquor profits top $50M

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho posted a $50.1 million profit from liquor sales last year, as people paid more per bottle and as the agency that sells booze to Idaho trimmed staff.

Idaho State Liquor Division head Jeff Anderson told media outlets that liquor sales in fiscal year 2011 were $144 million. More here.

Good news or bad news?

Liquor sales growing in Idaho

Idaho State Liquor Division director Jeff Anderson tells legislative budget writers Friday that liquor sales continue to grow despite the down economy; he called state-run liquor sales "a very stable revenue stream" for the state.

BOISE - One thing still growing in these tough economic times in Idaho: Liquor sales.

“We’ve experienced growth in spite of the negative economic environment that we’ve been operating in,” Idaho state liquor division Director Jeff Anderson told legislative budget writers this morning.

The division turned over a record $47.2 million in net proceeds to the state in fiscal year 2010; most of that went to the state general fund, cities and counties, with slices going to courts, substance abuse treatment, community colleges and substance abuse treatment. “It’s a very stable revenue stream,” Anderson said.  Betsy Z Russell, SR

To what do you attribute this continued growth?