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June 1st Marks One Year of Liquor Privatization

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OLYMPIA, Wash.  - June 1st marks one year since the liquor business in Washington state made the change from state-run stores to private retailers.

Instead of 329 state-run or contract stores, Washington now has more than 1,400 private retailers selling liquor. 

The Economic and Revenue Forecast Council says sales are up an average of 2.7 million liters a month, compared to the 2.5 million before privatization.  

The council says revenue for the state also is up, and that overall taxes and fees look like they'll generate $425 million for the 2013 fiscal year, which wraps up at the end of June. That compares with $309 million the liquor business generated for state and local governments in 2011. The council also says, most fees on retailers and distributors will drop next spring.