Protecting Our Communities
A coalition of nearly 250 state organizations joined together to protect their communities by voting NO on Initiatives 1100 and 1105. Here is a brief description on 1100 and 1105:
A Massive Expansion of Liquor Stores
- These initiatives would allow every gas station, convenience store and mini-mart currently selling beer and wine to sell hard liquor. There will be at least 3,300, and perhaps as many as 5,000, hard liquor retailers instead of the 315 available today.
- Hard liquor will be available from 6:00a.m. until 2:00a.m. instead of 10:00a.m. to 7:00p.m. A person leaving a bar at 1:30 in the morning will be able to buy a bottle of whiskey at the nearest gas station.
- Because corporations who will sell the liquor wrote the initiatives, Washington State will be the least regulated state in the nation for hard liquor sales. Under these initiatives, we will have three times the number of liquor outlets per capita compared to California.
Increased Risk of Underage, DUI, and Problem Drinking
- Compliance with laws prohibiting sales to minors will drop—from a national best rate of 94% at state stores to the 75% average for private stores. That means the odds of a minor making an illegal purchase of hard liquor will go from 1 in 20 to 1 in 4.
- In states like California with private liquor stores, rates of chronic and binge drinking are much higher. At those levels, I-1100 and 1105 would result in 40,000 additional chronic drinkers in Washington—and these heavy drinkers are the cause of many alcohol-related problems like drunk driving.
Harms Police, Schools and Other Services
- The current system puts more than $350 million into state and local government—for schools, law enforcement, and other crucial services. This revenue will be lost if these initiatives pass—even while consumption increases and enforcement rates drop.
- Current revenue lost to the state and municipalities will flow into the pockets of big box stores and out-of-state distillers—with additional taxes left as one of the few ways to protect essential services.
A Threat to Jobs and Small Business
- Washington’s home grown beer and wine industry—and the distribution network that bring them to restaurants and retailers—provides thousands of family wage jobs. These initiatives would tilt the playing field to massive international beer and hard liquor industries, harming local businesses and costing local jobs.
- Over 4,000 union jobs are at stake, including Teamsters, UFCW and WPEA positions in nearly every community in our state.
Industry-specific fliers, provided by "Protect Our Communities," may be freely downloaded below for posting.
Flier for general use (8 1/2 x 11")
Flier for restaurant use (8 1/2 x 11")
Flier for winery use (8 1/2 x 11")
Flier for retailer use (8 1/2 x 11")
For more information, see www.protectourcommunities.com.
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