LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Liquor privatization works elsewhere


I read the letter from Roy Anderson in the June 10 Union-Bulletin with interest. Mr. Anderson indicated that the new additional cost of liquor was proof that government operation is a less costly alternative than privatization.

Mr. Anderson apparently doesn't realize that along with privatization our government imposed a 10 percent distribution tax and a 17 percent retail tax. And when the clerk adds up the cost at the checkout stand a retail sales tax of 20.5 percent and a $3.77 per liter bottle tax are added.

Privatization of liquor sales in California, Nevada and Arizona has proven to be very successful. Perhaps the element of their success that is missing in Washington is that their tax rate is a little more reasonable.

Nat Webb
Walla Walla


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