Stateways Nov-Dec 2013

StateWays is the only magazine exclusively covering the control state system within the beverage alcohol industry, with annual updates from liquor control commissions and alcohol control boards and yearly fiscal reporting from control jurisdictions

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An annual report providing the latest data from the control states. By Richard Brandes he results of our annual fiscal year survey of the control states is singularly similar to last year's: control state agencies continue to register dollar and volume growth, even in an overall sluggish to moderately growing economy. And state beverage alcohol operations continue to benefit state governments based on the increased revenues contributed to the individual state coffers. At the same time, operational costs of the control states overall grew modestly, at a lower percentage than revenue increases, with productivity and efficiency gains allowing agencies to, once again, make the most of their resources. This is the 17th consecutive year that StateWays is presenting its annual review of the financial progress being made throughout the control states, providing an overview of the beverage alcohol business. This is based on reports from all 18 control jurisdictions [This year, Washington State was not included.], and we're grateful to the control state agencies and personnel who provided extensive information to help us compile this annual report. Our data details state-by-state dollar sales, revenue contribution, distilled spirits and wine (where 8 applicable) sales volume, operating expenses, and the numbers of types of outlets and employees in the system. We've also included projected sales volumes and revenue contributions for the Fiscal Year 2014. Where appropriate, we've published brief descriptions of any additional circumstances a state would like to provide that might amplify what is going on in a state's beverage alcohol operation. In addition to this individual state information, we've ranked the jurisdictions based on their total sales and aggregated some key statistics to give an overall sense of the growth and size of business throughout the control states. Meanwhile, following the privatization of the Washington State control model, some state governments and legislatures have drafted their own plans for privatizing various parts of their control systems. While there have been some changes at the edges, no control state has seen its system dismantled. The biggest battle, it appears, is still taking place in the largest control state, as different forces and interest groups continue to spar over the positive or negative effects of privatizing Pennsylvania's state liquor stores. StateWays I I November/December 2013

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