liquor privatization

Privatizing liquor
1:34 pm
Mon April 23, 2012

Liquor store auction nets $31 million for Washington

The highest winning bid was $750,100 for an individual store in south Tacoma.

LACEY, Wash. – An online auction to privatize Washington state liquor stores netted nearly $31 million . It's all gravy for the state budget.

State Liquor Control Board business director Pat McLaughlin said today that nothing was penciled in for anticipated auction proceeds. But McLaughlin says he expected the bidding to be fierce. And it was.

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Liquor privatization
8:30 am
Mon April 23, 2012

State to announce sale of 167 WA liquor stores

YAKIMA, Wash. — Washington officials are announcing the results Monday of Friday's online auction of state-run liquor stores.

The sale of the rights to 167 stores is estimated at more than $20 million.

The auction was the result of a state vote to get the state out of the retail liquor business and to privatize sales.

Privatizing liquor
4:11 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Wash. state nets millions from liquor store auction

Photo by Tom Banse

Originally published on Fri April 20, 2012 7:09 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. - State officials in Olympia are verifying bids this weekend from a very successful online auction of liquor stores. Private entrepreneurs collectively shelled out well in excess of $13 million for the rights to take over specific state-run liquor stores.

A voter-approved ballot measure is forcing Washington state to privatize the liquor business. Going, going, gone are licenses to operate 167 state-run liquor outlets.

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Washington government
10:35 am
Wed January 18, 2012

Don't expect great buys on booze when Wash. liquor stores close

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington liquor stores are on their way to privatization. But don’t expect a clearance sale on the booze that’s left over when the stores close in May.

Representatives from the state Liquor Control Board gave an update Tuesday to the state lawmakers in Olympia on the privatization approved by voters.

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Election 2011
6:45 pm
Wed November 9, 2011

Despite vote, not everyone happy with shuttering state liquor stores

People shopping for alcohol will no longer see this sign on liquor stores. A lot of people have mixed feelings about that.
Charla Bear KPLU

Now that voters have kicked the state out of the liquor store business, some people are looking forward to changes in how they buy booze. Others, though, say the decision is not cause for celebration. 

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Other News
10:31 am
Wed November 2, 2011

State nixes bids for private liquor distribution

OLYMPIA, Wash. — State officials say two proposed bids that would privatize Washington's liquor distribution system are not financially beneficial.

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Election 2011
4:30 pm
Mon October 31, 2011

State poll: Liquor initiative passing; road toll too close to call

Statewide initiatives on the Washington ballot have many people here still studying up and wondering how to vote. Registered voters have about a week left to make up their minds. Two of the most talked about issues are whether to get rid of state-run liquor stores and on how highway tolls can be spent. A survey of voters, done by researchers at the University of Washington, offers some insight into what voters might decide after all the votes are tallied.

The statewide Washington Poll, put together by UW political science Professor Matt Barreto, says the liquor privatization measure, I-1183, will likely pass because it has the hit the crucial tipping point of 50 percent. Barreto's poll says only 43 percent of those surveyed opposed the measure.

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Elections 2011
2:24 pm
Fri July 8, 2011

Heading to the ballot: 3 state initiatives turn in signatures

Three groups seeking to get initiatives on this year's ballot appear to have plenty of signatures to qualify.

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2:45 pm
Fri May 27, 2011

Opponents: Liquor privatization bill will clash with initiative

A worker tallies liquor heading to distribution trucks from the Washington State Liquor warehouse in Seattle. The 250,000-square-foot warehouse is the nexus from which all the state's liquor is shipped in, processed, and shipped out.
Elaine Thompson AP

This week, the state legislature took the first step toward privatizing liquor distribution. The new legislation allows private companies to submit bids to be the sole distributor of liquor in the state. In Olympia, Bryan Buckalew reports not all advocates of privatizing liquor are happy with the development.

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