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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.


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 …


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 …


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.


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 …


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 …


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. …


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 …


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.


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 …


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. …


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 …


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 …


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.


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. …


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. …


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 …


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 …


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 …