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Tuesday, October 20, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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ISP wants liquor licensees to be open, make sales

The Idaho State Police Alcohol Beverage Control division is trying to crack down on individuals who use their liquor license sparingly or not at all, according to a bill introduced to the Idaho House Judiciary, Rules and Administration Committee last month.

Washington liquor store licenses auctioned

OLYMPIA — The rights to operate Washington's state-owned liquor stores have all been auctioned off, at prices ranging from about $750,000 for a store in Tacoma to just under $50,000 for a store in Spokane. The state will collect $30.7 million from the auction.

Eye on Boise: Panel finishes agency budgets

BOISE – Legislative budget writers have now set all state agency budgets for next year, finishing their work by setting the Medicaid budget on Friday. In total, the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee has appropriated slightly less than Gov. Butch Otter recommended: $2.7billion, or a 6.8 percent increase from this year. Otter recommended an appropriation of $2.72 billion in state general funds, which would’ve been a 7.4 percent increase from this year. Factors playing into the difference include a much lower figure for expected public school student growth, at 50 classrooms’ worth of kids rather than 150.

Policy denying restaurants a liquor license absurd

The sign is big and bold and black and white, and it reads: "Beer, wine, cigarettes, grocery." I am standing outside Hai's market on South Perry Street. The windows are partially covered with cigarette advertising, lottery signs and beer posters. Drinking, smoking or gambling – whatever your poison is, it is right here.