Spirit prices may increase as the initiative takes effect. The new regulation imposes a 27 percent fee on all spirits to reimburse the state, which will lose more than $400 million of revenue every year.
Also, some Washington State Liquor Board employees face unemployment. Others, who continue to work at the private stores, may lose union benefits.
Some big companies, like COSTCO, a wholesale corporation that will benefit the most from the new system, have supported this change from the beginning.
How will this affect you? If you’re in Washington, will this change your alcohol consumpiton? Do you think you’ll buy more, or less?
Do you think it’s time for Oregon to make similar changes?
- Jessica Robinson: Contributing reporter for OPB News