Idaho Could Move To Privatized Liquor


By Andrew Reed

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV) Could Idaho be considering privatizing its liquor sales?

Washington State went that direction last summer.
Buzz around the state capitol is you could see liquor appear in grocery stores.

However, no former bill has been created just yet.

Legislatures are considering dropping state controlled liquor sales.

"There has been talk about it in the past; Washington did eliminate state controlled liquor. But you do have to look at the constitution and in the constitution it says we should promote temperance and the way to do that is having control liquor sales” said Idaho Senator Jim Patrick

Idaho is one of 17 control states, meaning the government is directly involved in the wholesale or retail of liquor."

"If you look at the fact that the liquor division is forecasting 700-million dollars in distribution to cities, counties, and general government, over the next decade. Consumers and non-consumers alike want to remain whole on that” said Director Jeff Anderson, Idaho State Liquor Division.

How you inject profit margins for the private sector while remaining whole to revenue to government. Maturely it would lead to higher taxes on someone."

The Idaho state liquor division estimates three-hundred and fifty jobs will be lost if a bill is passed for privatizing liquor sales.

"The original thought it was it would be cheaper for people buying it private, but it ended up being the other way. It's more money in Washington than in Idaho,” said Senator Patrick.

Decision lawmakers will decide that works best for the state's economy.

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