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Know the facts about liquor initiative | Federal Way letters

Campaigns for Initiative 1183 should use accurate, timely information.

In 2009, Pennsylvania faced a similar decision about privatizing alcohol sales. In October of that same year, The Commonwealth Foundation, a non-profit research institute, studied the social aspects of liquor privatization.

The results of this in-depth analysis indicated no differences in the number of alcohol related deaths or arrests, and no significant change in per capita consumption between control states and license states.

Washington voters face a similar choice in November with Initiative 1183. They must have accurate and timely information regarding all aspects of privatization prior to making this important decision. This includes reliable data and conclusions using the most recent and relevant information.

When researching Initiative 1183, it is important to look at the facts before making a decision. The pro-1183 campaigns cite all the data sources used in commercials, promotions, and on its website. The anti-1183 groups do not. In fact, no sourced material existed on websites criticizing 1183.

As we move closer to the election, voters need to rely on accurate information. They want the truth, regardless of the source. Groups opposing 1183 have repeatedly used unsupported quotes and emotional pleas. Supporters of I-1183 continue to give voters an accurate assessment of the effects of privatizing liquor sales in Washington.

Shawn Sullivan, Federal Way


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