Stories tagged: liquor sales
Mon., Sept. 5, 2016, 2:41 p.m.
Study finds many who voted to privatize liquor sales in Washington would now vote differently
Washingtonians may not have voted to privatize liquor sales if they’d been able to see the effects of the law, a new study suggests.
Sat., Feb. 7, 2015
Idaho liquor division on track for another record year of sales
BOISE – Idaho’s state Liquor Division is on track for another record year in 2015, the division reported to legislative budget writers Friday, in part because of cross-border buyers from …
Thu., Feb. 27, 2014
To keep business, Washington considers cutting alcohol taxes
OLYMPIA – In an effort to keep Washington’s liquor drinkers from heading to Idaho or Oregon for cheaper booze, some legislators are looking at cutting alcohol sales taxes. That could …
Tue., Feb. 18, 2014
Add-on state fee driving small liquor stores out of business
Two weeks ago Dave Mehelich closed his Good Spirits liquor store. For years the shop at 1322 W. Third Ave. was a state-run business that bustled with customers.
Sat., Feb. 1, 2014
Washington shoppers boost Idaho liquor sales
BOISE – Idaho state liquor stores had an estimated $10 million in additional sales – 6 percent of their total – from bargain-hunting Washington customers in 2013, the head of …
Sun., July 7, 2013
Large liquor retailers want fee break, too
OLYMPIA – State lawmakers extended a lifeline this year to small liquor stores who had struggled under the new privatization rules, but that change has also opened the door for …
Fri., July 27, 2012
Border booze business gets boost
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 of the booze business last year. …
Fri., June 22, 2012
Public overserved on benefits of privatizing liquor sales
Where’s our cheap booze? Isn’t that what we voted for? Cheap booze? There was more to Initiative 1183, of course, and the whole scenario was complicated by various percentages and …
Thu., June 7, 2012, 11:45 a.m.
Washington lawmaker wants liquor prices displayed
SEATTLE — A Washington state lawmaker says he’ll introduce legislation to require stores selling liquor to post the full price, including taxes, on the display shelves.
Thu., June 7, 2012
Clark: Buying booze at Costco doesn’t live up to buzz
Last Saturday found me at the East Sprague Costco along with 99.97452 percent of the residents of Spokane County. I was one of the lucky ones, though. I found this …
Fri., June 1, 2012
Washington Supreme Court upholds I-1183 liquor law
OLYMPIA – Businesses around Washington can begin selling liquor today, after the state Supreme Court refused Thursday to toss out the law voters passed last November to allow the sales. …
Fri., May 18, 2012
Opponents of private alcohol sales take last shot
OLYMPIA – Opponents of Initiative 1183 took their last shot at keeping the state in the liquor business Thursday, telling the Washington Supreme Court the ballot measure had too many …
Thu., May 17, 2012, 3:37 p.m.
High Court asked to block liquor initiative
OLYMPIA — Opponents of Initiative 1183 made their last stand at keeping the state in the liquor business today, telling the state Supreme Court the ballot measure had too many …
Thu., May 17, 2012, 8:01 a.m.
Wash. Supreme Court to hear I-1183 challenge
The Washington Supreme Court is set to hear arguments today over the constitutionality of a voter-approved initiative privatizing liquor sales.
Wed., March 21, 2012
Liquor board issues 8 distributor licenses in area; Costco hasn’t applied
OLYMPIA – For two years, Washington’s beer and wine distributors fought Costco-backed initiatives to get the state out of the liquor business. They won in 2010 but lost in 2011. …
Thu., March 1, 2012
First part of liquor changes starts today
YAKIMA – Washington bars and restaurants will be allowed to buy liquor directly from distilleries beginning today, marking the first step in substantial changes to how the state sells spirits. …
Sat., Dec. 3, 2011
Idaho may lose some liquor sales
BOISE – With Washington gearing up to privatize its liquor sales by June, Idaho state officials are worried about losing sales at their state-run liquor stores along the Washington-Idaho border …
Thu., Sept. 16, 2010
Cheney council opposes state initiatives
The Cheney City Council Tuesday voted on two resolutions opposing Initiatives 1100 and 1105. The two state initiatives would eliminate state control of liquor sales and would allow for private …
Fri., April 16, 2010, 10:35 a.m.
Wash. initiative would end state liquor monopoly
Washington voters could see a campaign to privatize liquor stores this fall. A campaign called Modernize Washington has filed paperwork for an initiative to end the state monopoly on liquor …