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The Exchange

Should Liquor Be Sold by States?

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New Hampshire is one of just eighteen states where the government controls the sale of alcohol; an arrangement from the Prohibition era.  Now, several of these states are re-assessing this set-up, wondering whether it’s outdated.  But others have argued for sticking with the control system, saying it’s better for public safety and for state finances.

Pamela Erickson, CEO of Public Action Management. She advocates for alcohol regulatory systems via the education campaign for a “Healthy Alcohol Marketplace.” From 1996 to 2003, she directed the Oregon Liquor Control Commission.  In 2003, she joined Oregon Partnership to address the issue of underage drinking.  She has worked with over 10 states on alcohol issues and provides a major source of educational materials on alcohol regulation at www.healthyalcoholmarket.com.  Joins us from Scottsdale, Arizona.

Leonard Gilroy, Director of Government Reform for the Reason Foundation, a nonprofit think tank advancing free market initiatives. Gilroy’s research focuses on such issues as privatization, government reform, and fiscal policy issues. Joins us from Fountain Hills, Arizona.

We'll also hear from:

Melissa Maynard: covers state management and labor unions for Stateline, the nonprofit news service of the Pew Center on the States.

John Dumais: president and CEO of the New Hampshire Grocers Association.

Mark Bodi: a member of the New Hampshire Liquor Commission