State Sens. Tim Sheldon (D-35) and Curtis King (R-14) are taking advantage of the state's budget woes to propose an obvious idea that always seems to end up taking a back seat: Privatizing state liquor stores.

It could save about $120.75 million (the Washington State Liquor Control Board's 2009 operating expenses.) Although, on the flip side, state liquor sales bring in about $330 million, according to the WSLCB.

The legislation calls for a study to figure out what kind of liquor taxes would be needed to make sure the state doesn't lose money.

Additionally, the senators say alcohol is currently marked up, so privatizing would lower the cost of booze.

Just what we need in this recession: Cheap booze!

Courtesy Washington Policy Center  blog for  tipping us off on the legislation.
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