Information from The Associated Press
BOISE, Idaho — Idaho liquor sales are up, but it’s not necessarily because Idahoans are tipping back more bottles.
Washington state residents driving across the border to buy cheaper booze have contributed to increased sales in Idaho which are up 4.8 percent over the previous year, according to Idaho State Liquor Division Director Jeff Anderson.
Washington buyers account for 7 percent of Idaho sales, Anderson said.
The Spokesman-Review reports that Anderson told lawmakers on the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee that liquor proceeds reached $63 million.
Anderson says Idaho liquor is a bargain after Washington state voters in 2011 privatized their state liquor sales system and added taxes that increased the cost.
Idaho liquor sales immediately received a boost and it has remained steady in the following years, Anderson said.