LIQUOR: License changes needed

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I definitely do not agree with Dave Pulisí March 10 letter regarding the Liquor License Reform Plan. First of all, this is not about big business trying to influence law, this is more likely about small business owners and operators trying to compete or start a business in an extremely competitive market and disadvantageous system. If the current price of a liquor license negotiated by its owner is $300,000, that may be its market value in our current system, but anywhere else that would be called extortion. Big businesses may be able to afford that, although they know theyíre being ripped off, but they know itís a necessary cost of doing business. But small business owners cannot afford that, so they canít compete with big business.

It is an unlevel playing field created by an archaic system, that separates the haves from the have nots. Any restaurant or pub that wants to sell liquor to enhance their business should be able to purchase a license from the state, subject to background checks, and compete for the publicís business in the free marketplace. The truth is many people make their dining and entertainment decisions based on what adult beverage options are available, so donít tell me that license isnít a huge advantage.

Furthermore, you do not have a scintilla of evidence that expanding opportunities will create more DUIs and traffic deaths. Those new license owners are subject to the same alcohol service guidelines that they currently have. Thereís no difference anywhere.

Now, should those current license owners who have paid dearly for their license be given some kind of restitution or other relief over time for their exorbitant fees? Absolutely. That would be only fair.

DAVE TEGGE

Live in Spokane

Work in Coeur díAlene

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