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Bid to privatize liquor distribution in Washington rejected a week before referendum decides fate of entire system

Deal offers no 'net positive' financial benefit to the public — state budget director.

OLYMPIA, WA, November 2, 2011: The state budget director says privatizing liquor distribution is not in the best interest of the public, reports Austin Jenkins for OPB News. The debate only rested for a week, as a state-wide referendum on the privatization of the liquor system takes place November 9.

"Two companies that bid to take over wholesale distribution of hard liquor in Washington have been denied. Washington's budget director Wednesday rejected both proposals as too risky. The decision comes just a week before Washington voters will decide whether to privatize the whole liquor system.

Earlier this year, the Washington legislature invited bids from the private sector to take over the state's central liquor warehouse and distribution system. But now state budget director Marty Brown says neither of the two bids received result in a "net positive" financial benefit to the publicÂ…"

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Posted: November 08, 2011

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