liquor privatization http://kplu.org en Bill Would Gradually Lower Liquor Taxes http://kplu.org/post/bill-would-gradually-lower-liquor-taxes <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">Republican and Democrat lawmakers are introducing a measure on Wednesday that would gradually lower liquor taxes.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">Backers say lowering taxes would spur more purchases in Washington state and the revenue to the state would eventually be at the same levels prior to privatization.</p><p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 19:12:02 +0000 Manuel Valdes 14143 at http://kplu.org Bill Would Gradually Lower Liquor Taxes Study: Liquor Privatization Has Shaped Youth Perception Of Alcohol http://kplu.org/post/study-liquor-privatization-has-shaped-youth-perception-alcohol <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Fewer teenagers in Washington say drinking alcohol is wrong, according to a survey taken after the state privatized liquor sales by two Northwest public health researchers.</span></p><p>The finding comes as Oregon voters are being asked to sign petitions for a similar liquor sales privatization.</p><p> Sat, 22 Feb 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Chris Lehman 13970 at http://kplu.org Study: Liquor Privatization Has Shaped Youth Perception Of Alcohol Small Wash. liquor stores get aid from state http://kplu.org/post/small-wash-liquor-stores-get-aid-state <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;"><span style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">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 large retailers to ask for the same break next year.</span></p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;"><p>In one of the final votes taken by the Legislature before adjournment last month, lawmakers agreed to limit the fees paid by the smaller stores that used to handle liquor sales when the state controlled the market. Those outlets will no longer have to pay a 17 percent fee for sales to bars and restaurants.</p> Sat, 06 Jul 2013 18:31:45 +0000 Mike Baker 9264 at http://kplu.org Small Wash. liquor stores get aid from state For one liquor retailer, 'an expensive learning curve' http://kplu.org/post/one-liquor-retailer-expensive-learning-curve <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Saturday marks the one-year anniversary of private retail liquor sales in Washington. According to the Liquor Control Board, 1,680 retailers now stock vodka, whiskey, and other spirits.</span></p><p>Dean Hasegawa, manager of the Red Apple supermarkets on Seattle’s Beacon Hill and in the Central Area, says the biggest problem for him and other retailers has been theft.&nbsp;</p><p>"That was an expensive learning curve, I’m going to tell you," said Hasegawa, r<span style="line-height: 1.5;">eflecting on the past year.</span></p><p> Fri, 31 May 2013 12:02:00 +0000 Paula Wissel 8944 at http://kplu.org For one liquor retailer, 'an expensive learning curve' Washington liquor sales still up after privatization http://kplu.org/post/washington-liquor-sales-still-after-privatization <p></p><p>VANCOUVER, Wash. – Washington state officials say sales of hard liquor have increased since the state privatized liquor sales.</p><p> Tue, 04 Dec 2012 23:01:57 +0000 The Associated Press 7282 at http://kplu.org Washington auctioning off liquor inventory http://kplu.org/post/washington-auctioning-liquor-inventory <p></p><p>The Washington Liquor Control Board auctions off 15,000 cases of alcohol Thursday to the highest bidder with a liquor license.</p><p> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 18:26:22 +0000 The Associated Press 6904 at http://kplu.org Reports of dramatic drop in sales at former Wash. state liquor stores http://kplu.org/post/reports-dramatic-drop-sales-former-wash-state-liquor-stores OLYMPIA, Wash. – Statewide liquor sales in Washington are up since privatization took effect in June. But business is down dramatically at some former state-owned liquor stores.<p>At Rainier Park Liquor, it used to take two clerks during the day. Three at peak times. Now manager Kevin Dziedzic says one person can mind the store most of the time. Business is so slow he even had to lay-off the owner’s brother.<p>“Definitely just have to be wiser with the money we spend,” Dziedzic says.<p>Dziedzic says business is off 40 to 45 percent since the nearby Safeway and QFC started selling hard liquor. Wed, 10 Oct 2012 07:21:42 +0000 6662 at http://kplu.org Reports of dramatic drop in sales at former Wash. state liquor stores Washington liquor sales show continued strength http://kplu.org/post/washington-liquor-sales-show-continued-strength <p>OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington liquor sales are showing signs of continued strength after the state moved to a privatized system.</p><p> Tue, 09 Oct 2012 23:23:06 +0000 The Associated Press 6659 at http://kplu.org Washington liquor sales show continued strength Washington liquor sales pick up in July http://kplu.org/post/washington-liquor-sales-pick-july <p></p><p>OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington liquor sales picked back up in July, the second month people were able to buy liquor in Washington grocery stores and other markets. Sales were up 15.4 percent compared to July 2011.</p><p> Mon, 10 Sep 2012 22:40:28 +0000 The Associated Press 6272 at http://kplu.org Washington liquor prices up 17 percent over last year http://kplu.org/post/washington-liquor-prices-17-percent-over-last-year <p>Washington liquor prices were 17 percent higher on average in June, compared to the same month a year ago.</p><p>The state Department of Revenue also reported sales declined in the first month private retailers could sell spirits in Washington.</p><p> Mon, 13 Aug 2012 22:38:51 +0000 Colin Fogarty 5968 at http://kplu.org Washington liquor prices up 17 percent over last year The surprising places you might find liquor in Washington http://kplu.org/post/surprising-places-you-might-find-liquor-washington <p>Liquor in a hardware store? Mini&rsquo;s at the checkout stand? Mega-stores around the corner?</p><blockquote><p>Woman on the street: &ldquo;My parents actually needed a gift for a friend of ours, and they were able to buy it at a convenience store &ndash; like a nice bottle of liquor. I think it&rsquo;s convenient!&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Now that Washington State is out of the liquor sales business, bottles of booze are showing up in some unexpected places.</p><p> Thu, 05 Jul 2012 21:14:18 +0000 Monica Spain 5515 at http://kplu.org The surprising places you might find liquor in Washington 'It's a buying frenzy' - first day of private liquor sales http://kplu.org/post/its-buying-frenzy-first-day-private-liquor-sales <p><em>&quot;It&#39;s a buying frenzy. That&#39;s why I came - I wanted to see it on the first day. How could I miss it?&quot; - Kyle Johnson outside a Costco in Seattle</em></p><p>The state of Washington has officially bid good riddance to its state-run liquor stores. About five times as many stores will now sell hard liquor, and the new law that went into effect today means shoppers can head to supermarkets to buy vodka or rum. It&rsquo;s a welcome change for some people, like Alyssa Royse.</p> Fri, 01 Jun 2012 22:51:37 +0000 Ashley Gross & Lindsay Lowe 5169 at http://kplu.org 'It's a buying frenzy' - first day of private liquor sales Liquor in stores tomorrow; caps may thwart booze thieves http://kplu.org/post/liquor-stores-tomorrow-caps-may-thwart-booze-thieves <p>A huge shift takes place tomorrow when we&rsquo;ll be able to walk into a Fred Meyer or Safeway and walk out with a bottle of gin. But if you walk out without paying, beware. You may trigger an alarm.&nbsp;</p><p>It&#39;s just like when you buy a pair of jeans and the clerk snaps off a security tag so you don&rsquo;t beep when you exit the store. Now when you go buy a bottle of booze, you may see something similar. The device is like a thick plastic sheath that covers the top of the bottle, and it&rsquo;s designed to make thieves think twice.</p><p> Thu, 31 May 2012 20:03:07 +0000 Ashley Gross 5156 at http://kplu.org Liquor in stores tomorrow; caps may thwart booze thieves Liquor initiative upheld by Washington Supreme Court http://kplu.org/post/liquor-initiative-upheld-washington-supreme-court <p>OLYMPIA, Wash. &mdash; The Washington Supreme Court has upheld a voter-approved initiative privatizing liquor sales, one day before the initiative takes effect.</p><p> Thu, 31 May 2012 15:45:04 +0000 The Associated Press 5152 at http://kplu.org Idaho: How will Washington law affect cross-border booze runs? http://kplu.org/post/idaho-how-will-washington-law-affect-cross-border-booze-runs Washington retailers are getting ready for the 78-year-old state monopoly on liquor sales to end this Friday. It’s not yet clear what privatization will do to the price of alcohol in Washington. One entity with a big stake in the matter … is the state of Idaho.<p>Some of Idaho’s most profitable state-run liquor stores just happen to be along its northwestern border.<p>“And when we went up to visit those stores, we look at IDs, we’re looking at license plates -- they’re coming from Washington,” says Jared Tatro, a researcher with the Idaho Legislature’s Office of Performance Evaluations. Wed, 30 May 2012 16:28:56 +0000 Jessica Robinson 5135 at http://kplu.org Idaho: How will Washington law affect cross-border booze runs?