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By Lou Marzeles

Liquor sticker shock hits area stores, markets


Lou Marzeles

ON THE SHELVES: Hard liquor sales is now out of state hands as of June 1. Part of the liquor display at the IGA.

“You’ve got to be kidding,” the shopper said at the checkout. “The sign said $21.95.”

“That’s before the taxes,” the cashier answered. “It’s explained on the sign.”

The sign in question is a flyer explaining the breakdown of taxes on hard liquor, now available only through private businesses as of June 1 in the State of Washington. And it’s a sign of the new times. An initiative approved by state voters last year ended liquor sales in state liquor stores, but not all voters knew what the measure would do to prices.

Almost 25 percent in additional taxes are added onto liquor prices at checkout. They include 20.5 percent retail sales tax on hard liquor and 3.77 perc...

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