Costco http://www.kplu.org en Bill Would Gradually Lower Liquor Taxes http://www.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://www.kplu.org Bill Would Gradually Lower Liquor Taxes Costco Aims for World Domination (or at Least 36 More Stores) http://www.kplu.org/post/costco-aims-world-domination-or-least-36-more-stores <p>You can already buy gigantic packages of toilet paper and toothpaste at Costco stores everywhere from Misato City, Japan, to Lidcombe, Australia. Those are just two of Costco&#39;s 634 stores worldwide.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But now, Costco is planning a more aggressive expansion in the coming 12 months. The wholesale retailer says it aims to open as many as 36 more stores, 10 more than in the fiscal year that ended at the beginning of September.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Half of those stores will be outside the U.S.</span></p><p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 19:05:08 +0000 Ashley Gross 10360 at http://www.kplu.org Costco Aims for World Domination (or at Least 36 More Stores) How are employers observing Martin Luther King Jr. Day? http://www.kplu.org/post/how-are-employers-observing-martin-luther-king-jr-day <p></p><p>If you’re looking forward to a long weekend, you’re in the minority. The number of employers closing for business on Martin Luther King Jr. Day has been inching up in recent years, but it’s still only 32 percent. Fri, 18 Jan 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 7560 at http://www.kplu.org How are employers observing Martin Luther King Jr. Day? Liquor privatizers sue state regulators http://www.kplu.org/post/liquor-privatizers-sue-state-regulators <p>Backers of an initiative to privatize liquor sales in Washington are suing state regulators for clinging to too much power in the newly opened marketplace. The Washington State Liquor Control Board has the job of interpreting provisions of the ballot measure passed last fall. But Costco, the Washington Restaurant Association and the Northwest Grocery Association say the board is using a heavy hand.</p><p> Fri, 22 Jun 2012 22:53:07 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 5376 at http://www.kplu.org 'It's a buying frenzy' - first day of private liquor sales http://www.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://www.kplu.org 'It's a buying frenzy' - first day of private liquor sales Costco burns up record $22 million to privatize liquor http://www.kplu.org/post/costco-burns-record-22-million-privatize-liquor <p>OLYMPIA, Wash. &ndash; The fight to privatize liquor sales in Washington just got a lot more expensive. Costco has dumped another $9 million into the Yes on Initiative 1183 campaign.</p><p>That brings the wholesale giant&rsquo;s total spending to more than $22 million &ndash; a state record for a ballot measure.</p><p> Thu, 20 Oct 2011 21:13:26 +0000 Austin Jenkins 2950 at http://www.kplu.org Costco burns up record $22 million to privatize liquor Move to lease state liquor distribution alive again http://www.kplu.org/post/move-lease-state-liquor-distribution-alive-again <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-970017.mp3</p><p>Washington would have the option to privatize the state&rsquo;s liquor distribution system under a measure that passed the state Senate Saturday. It&rsquo;s the latest compromise in a long-running debate over the future of Washington&rsquo;s liquor system.</p> Mon, 23 May 2011 15:24:11 +0000 Bryan Buckalew 1644 at http://www.kplu.org Move to lease state liquor distribution alive again Despite initiative defeat, Costco still pushing liquor privatization http://www.kplu.org/post/despite-initiative-defeat-costco-still-pushing-liquor-privatization <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-952969.mp3</p><p>Voters defeated not one, but two liquor privatization measures last fall -- one of them sponsored by Costco. But a key lawmaker says that&#39;s not stopping the Issaquah warehouse chain from continuing to push the issue in Olympia.</p><p> Thu, 17 Feb 2011 16:10:06 +0000 Austin Jenkins 818 at http://www.kplu.org Despite initiative defeat, Costco still pushing liquor privatization