Privatization of liquor leads to higher prices in Washington state
Today, the B.C. government is expected to announce a short list of bidders for the Liquor Distribution Branch warehouse and distribution system.
Meanwhile, there's evidence south of the border in Washington that the privatization of state liquor sales quickly led to higher prices.
The move to increase the private sector's role came after an initiative passed in the November election. But now, the rising prices appear to be forcing people to leave the state to buy booze.
According to the Pacific Northwest Inlander and Associated Press, there was a 35 percent increase in liquor sales in Oregon along the Washington state border during the month of June.
Washington prices have reportedly gone up by 12 percent, according to AP.
The B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union president Darryl Walker has called for a moratorium on the privatization plan in this province. So far, the B.C. Liberals show no sign of backing down.
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