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February 27, 2014 at 6:04 AM

Liquor prices: Consumers have been the losers of I-1183

Since the fleecing of Washington consumers with the passage of Initiative 1183 [“Another possible booze price hike looms over Wash.” Local News, Feb. 23] — where the Liquor Control Board vacated the liquor business, sold their store leases, eliminated their retail employees, then raised taxes and added additional taxes — there have been articles stating more than 60 percent of the former stores (and probably many others) are going out of business due partially to the new and higher taxes.

Does anyone know how much more revenue the Liquor Board is receiving at the expense of consumers and small business now that the LCB is supposed to be out of the liquor business as outlined in the initiative?

As far as I can tell, the only winners were the Liquor Board, maybe grocery stores (including club stores) and the new megastores. The rest of us and those who believed the initiative, well, not so much.

Tom Shafer, Bellevue

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