State of Washington Informative - Battle Over Initiative 1183
We are embroiled in a battle right now over an initiative to get the state of Washington out of the business of selling liquor. To those who do not live in Washington, the state is the only source for hard liquor. I am one who feels the state has no business sellinng booze, so of course, I am in favor of 1183 passing. The opponents have been waging a campaign based in emotion and putting forth a lot of false information. While I respect the opinions of those who do the commercials, what it comes down to, the have lost a loved one in a drunk driving accident. Just as Ted Kennedy blamed the guns for the death of his brothers, and did everything he could to kill the Second Amendment, these people, for whatever reason, think that keeping the sale of liquor a state function. They claim there will be a 27 percent tax put on us. The Attorney General has declared this to be false and misleading, and it was rejected by the Superior Court in Thurston County, where the state capital is located. They claim that a thousand mini-marts will be able to sell booze, while the initiative forbids that idea. The opponents claim that police stings CONDUCTED IN WASHINGTON show that said non-state liquor outlets, of which there are none, have been shown to sell liquor to teens. Since there are no non-state liquor stores, where are these stings being conducted? The initiative specifically doubles the fines and other actions for selling liquor to kids. Maybe they were conducting these stings on the sales of beer or wine, which can be bought in many places, the initiative's purpose is to do away with the 100 million dollars a year the state liquor stores cost us, do away with the monopoly prices and give customers the benefits of comptetion in the marketplace, and provide funding for more police, fire and other emergency services, without raising taxes. I urge other members who live in Washington to vote Yes on I-1183.