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Policymakers and citizens in the 17 "control" states like Pennsylvania should take the CDC's anti-privatization stance with a major grain of salt, as it rests on a dubious scientific foundation.
Subsection of Annual Privatization Report 2013: State Government PrivatizationApril 22, 2013
This subsection of Reason Foundation's Annual Privatization Report 2013: State Government Privatization explores the latest on state attempts to privatize their retail and/or wholesale liquor monopolies, with updates from Washington State, Pennsylvania and more.
Friday will mark a historic first: Washington State will become the first of 18 liquor "control" states to fully privatize its state-run monopoly on the wholesale and retail trade in distilled spirits.
Washington State to become first state to fully privatize state's wholesale, retail liquor monopolyMay 31, 2012
In November 2011, Washington State voters approved the privatization of the state’s monopoly on the distribution and sale of distilled spirits, becoming the first state in the nation to fully shift wholesale and retail from public to private sector operation and potentially injecting some momentum into privatization efforts in Virginia, Pennsylvania and other states currently exploring similar proposals.
Reviewing the landscape for divesting state alcohol monopoliesFebruary 3, 2012
Despite the end of Prohibition many decades ago, taxpayers and consumers in over a dozen states today still rely on outdated state bureaucracies that retain monopoly control over the sale and/or distribution of distilled spirits (liquor). Not only is it difficult to justify government-run liquor enterprises as a core function of government—they clearly aren’t, since most states don’t have them—but worse, these systems tend to act like the monopolies they are by limiting product choice and making liquor more expensive and less convenient for consumers. However, recent moves by Washington State and Ohio to privatize their liquor monopolies may be upsetting the apple cart and setting the stage for additional states to follow suit.
The Ames straw poll is on Saturday. You probably need a drink.August 12, 2011
As the Ames Straw Poll approaches, GOP presidential hopefuls are rolling up the sleeves of their brand new flannel shirts and scrambling to be “the guy you want to have a beer with.” But thanks to outdated regulations and onerous taxes, Harry Graver writes, it’s tougher to get a beer in Iowa than you might think—no matter whom you’re drinking with.
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- State Liquor Privatization Update
Subsection of Annual Privatization Report 2013: State Government Privatization
April 22, 2013
- Washington State Approves Privatization of State Liquor Monopoly; Other States May Follow
Washington State to become first state to fully privatize state's wholesale, retail liquor monopoly
May 31, 2012
- Will States Toast Liquor Privatization in 2012?
Reviewing the landscape for divesting state alcohol monopolies
February 3, 2012
- Getting a Beer in Iowa Is Tougher Than You Think
The Ames straw poll is on Saturday. You probably need a drink.
August 12, 2011
- Obama's War on Fun
The president breathes new life into the Nanny State
May 17, 2011
- Wet at Last
Dallas legalizes alcohol.
February 1, 2011
- When Booze Was Banned but Pot Was Not
What can today’s antiprohibitionists learn from their predecessors?
January 13, 2011
- Prohibitionists: Leave Us Alone!
The government has no business attacking caffeinated alcoholic drinks
January 6, 2011
- No Booze for You
If state alcohol monopolies were good at serving consumers, they'd have no reason to exist.
January 5, 2011
- Nudgers vs. Nannies
The civil war between British busybodies
January 4, 2011
- Loco Over Four Loko
The moral panic behind the ban
November 24, 2010
- The Other Big Debate This Election Cycle -- The 'Wets' vs. 'Drys'
State monopolies on liquor sales don't create safer societies than states with privatized sales
Anthony Randazzo and Jason Mercier
November 1, 2010
- Abolish Drunk Driving Laws
If lawmakers are serious about saving lives, they should focus on impairment, not alcohol.
October 11, 2010
- Reform, Transportation Trump Revenue-Neutrality: The Rationale for ABC Privatization, Part 2
Streamlining the state, investing in needed transportation should be the focus, not revenue-neutrality
October 7, 2010
- Wine Snobs and Suds Swillers Unite!
Legislation oozing its way up the Hill threatens open markets in beer, wine, and liquor.
July 8, 2010
- Gin, Girls, and Governance
Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman on personal freedom, free speech, and the state
May 10, 2010
- Cocktails Cops Can't Resist
Bartenders revive classic cocktails. The law responds by reviving classic crackdowns.
April 2, 2010
- Too Much Fun
Caffeinated alcoholic drinks draw the feds’ wrath for candor in advertising.
March 30, 2010
- Keep Your Laws Off My Body
The case for legalizing drugs, prostitution, organ sales, and other consensual acts.
March 4, 2010
- Fight the Power
The unfulfilled promise of “constitutional conservatism”
February 24, 2010
- Nothing to Toast in California's Proposed 'Dime a Drink' Tax
False claims about alcohol's costs and lost wages are being used to push tax increases
April 20, 2009
- Why is the CDC Being Anti-Science on State Liquor Privatization? (5/14)
- State Liquor Privatization Update (4/22)
- Washington State Enters New Era of Liquor Privatization (5/31)
- Washington State Approves Privatization of State Liquor Monopoly; Other States May Follow (5/31)
- Will States Toast Liquor Privatization in 2012? (2/3)
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