A lot has been said about ending the liquor monopoly. Let’s separate myth from facts.
Myth 1 - The county budget cannot do without the $25-30 million that DLC returns to the general fund.
Myth 2 - Without liquor money, classroom sizes will rise.
Myth 3 - Unless the county retains its liquor monopoly, it will have to raise taxes.
Myth 4 - The county has issued bonds based on liquor profits and without a government monopoly, the county’s capital budget will be endangered.
Myth 5 - If the private sector is allowed to compete with DLC, hundreds of union jobs will be lost.
Myth 6 - If the county loses its liquor monopoly, there will be a liquor store on every corner.
Myth 7 - The County Council in 2016 proposed reform that will fix DLC’s problems.
Myth 8 - Since state law requires each manufacturer to pick one distributor for its products, DLC will not be able to stay in business in a competitive environment because manufacturers will go with the private sector instead.
*Special thanks to Adam Pagnucco for developing these Myths and Facts