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How Kansas stacks up against other states

January 26, 2003

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Kansas' liquor regulations differ from other states.

For example, neighboring Missouri allows both individuals and corporations to own an unlimited number of liquor stores. Missouri law also doesn't prohibit wholesalers from giving large companies volume discounts on the liquor they buy.

Virginia is one of 18 states where state government actually owns key parts of the liquor industry. Private individuals and corporations are banned from owning liquor stores in the state. Instead, the state operates 261 stores across the state. The state also owns the sole wholesale distribution company, operating out of a 7-acre warehouse in Virginia. Profits and taxes from the state-owned liquor business added $189 million to the state's budget in 2002.

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