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Washington State Law Boosts Idaho And Oregon Liquor Sales

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Idaho liquor officials say border sales are up after a change in the law in Washington state made Idaho booze cheaper.
    
Washington privatized its liquor market but added a 10 percent distributor fee and a 17 percent retail fee to replace money the state lost when it shut down its state-run liquor stores.
    
The Idaho Statesman reports (http://bit.ly/NMBEmX) the increase in sales along the Idaho border mirrors the increase seen along the Washington-Oregon border.
    
Oregon reported sales rose 35 percent in June along the border, bringing Oregon $870,000 more than usual.
    
That's slightly more than Idaho's border-store sales. Both Idaho and Oregon have a state-run liquor market.
   
Information from: Idaho Statesman, http://www.idahostatesman.com

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