Bad for Consumers

The Monopoly and the Current Alcohol Laws Harm Consumers and Offer Them No Benefits Whatsoever

In fact, the Monopoly and the current alcohol laws: 

  1. Deprive County consumers of the array of dining, entertainment and retail beverage choices in their own county that a vibrant market of private enterprise brings--choices that consumers in the District, Virginia and across the Nation enjoy.
  2. Limit the choices for liquor purchases to County stores and for beer and wine forbid nearly all grocery stores, convenience stores and larger stores like Costco and Sam's from selling these beverages in the County.
  3. Discourage countless restaurants from entering the County.
  4. Increase consumers' costs for liquor, beer and wine purchases in the County since the wholesale prices of these products are marked up to pay for government services.
  5. Force those seeking more choices to leave their County to dine and shop, depriving County businesses, the State and the County itself of tens of millions of dollars of revenue and taxes, ultimately increasing consumers' taxes.  
  6. Deprive consumers and other County residents of the taxes and jobs of  the many restaurants and retailers that refuse to locate in the County simply because they don't want to deal with the DLC.
  7. Contribute significantly to  the County’s  lack of business development fueling the need for increased individidual income taxes to to meet the county's education and other needs.   


In addition to these harms, the continuation of the monopoly raises other troubling concerns. As examples, the monopoly:

  1. Makes the County the main profiteer from alcohol sales in the County notwithstanding its responsibility for the health and welfare of all its citizens including those who should not be using alcohol;  
  2. Assigns functions to the County which the private sector can and does perform nearly everywhere else taking the County's focus away from needed inherently governmental responsibilities;
  3. Makes the County a competitor with private enterprises that it is also charged with regulating;
  4. Despite any recent improvements, is carried out by a County agency that has a long record of being an incompetent bottleneck for restaurants and retailers; and
  5. Contributes to an environment that is unfriendly and discouraging to businesses ultimately helping fuel the need for even higher taxes from consumers/individual taxpayers to meet important county needs.