04-06-09 - Washington State Liquor Laws

The Washington State Liquor Laws are literally a direct funnel of money to the big distributors and producers. I knew that intuitively, but I found a good article that lays out the details : here . The law literally prohibits retailers from negotiating prices with distributors, prevents retailers from buying directly from producers, and mandates a 10% markup. This kind of public-private monopoly is always bad for the public, but is quite popular with both Dems and Reps (see, eg. health care, power utilities, telecom, military contractors, etc).

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