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I-1183 : Supporters

Editorial Support

  • The Everett Herald:   “What will happen is consumers will have greater choice, the Liquor Control Board can focus solely on licensing and enforcement, and strapped local governments will have a new revenue source — some of which the initiative dedicates to public safety. All compelling reasons to vote yes on I-1183.”
  • The Seattle Times:   “We believe state liquor stores should be closed and liquor sold competitively, by licensed merchants. The state’s job should be to regulate liquor, not sell it.Most states do it that way. It is a common-sense idea. Yet television here is now infected by dishonest ads made to scare people into keeping the state liquor stores [...] Ignore the ad campaign. It is a heap of distortions and lies. Vote for Initiative 1183, and get the state out of the business of selling alcoholic drinks.”
  • The Skagit Valley Herald:   “It’s time that our state government removed itself from the liquor business. Selling liquor to the citizenry isn’t an appropriate function of government. Regulating how it is sold, taxing those sales and setting penalties for violators, however, is indeed government’s job. Initiative 1183 does a better job than earlier initiatives in spelling out what the government’s role should be.”
  • The (Spokane) Spokesman-Review:   “Getting the State Liquor Control Board out of the business of selling booze and making enforcement its sole responsibility is perhaps the best attribute of I-1183. Coupled with the increase in money for local law enforcement, there should be more, not less, resources to stop alcohol abuse. Vote yes on I-1183.”
  • The Tri-City Herald:   “I-1183 isn’t perfect, but none of its flaws are insurmountable. More importantly, it may be the voters’ last chance to get state government out of the liquor business. The Herald editorial board recommends voters approve Initiative 1183.”
  • The (Vancouver) Columbian: ”Last year Washington voters rejected two ballot measures that would’ve privatized liquor sales and distribution in the state. The Columbian endorsed both of those measures. A similar measure — Initiative 1183 — appears on the Nov. 8 ballot, and we again enthusiastically recommend aligning Washington with more than 30 other states that have properly recognized the government’s role. It’s not to sell liquor and wine but to regulate that commerce. No more than we would expect the state to distribute and sell cigarettes (at exorbitantly marked-up prices, mind you), Washingtonians should not expect the state government to sell spirits.”
  • The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin:   “I-1183 will benefit more than those who buy booze, it will also benefit the public. It sets aside a portion of new revenues specifically to local police, fire and emergency services throughout the state…Ultimately, I-1183 gets the state out of the liquor business while generating more money for the state treasury. And this will allow the state to stick to the business of regulating liquor. We recommend voters approve I-1183.”
  • The Wenatchee World:   “Initiative 1183 allows business to profit, and the state to tax and regulate. It is the relationship as it should be. It will erase the vestiges of Prohibition, allow the state to face up to alcohol with a clean conscience, and at last end this moral conflict. Vote yes on Initiative 1183.”
  • The Yakima-Herald Republic:   “We have long advocated that the state get out of the liquor business…We endorsed Initiative 1100, and we think Initiative 1183 is an improvement. It keeps revenue for governments while offering the prospect of competition driving down prices for consumers.”

Other Media Support

  • Sound Politics:   “Big Booze distributors vs Costco. On principle the state should not be in a private business. This initiative would require the state to sell its distribution warehouses and stores to private competition. The state would retain its regulation and enforcement responsibilities. It is estimated that the state would gain $267 million over the next six years if the measure passes.”

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