According to the Ohio Department of Liquor Control’s annual report:

Spirituous liquor sales reached a record $672.7 million in Fiscal Year 2007. This was an increase of $33.9 million, or 5.31 percent, compared to sales in Fiscal Year 2006.

The increase in liquor dollar sales can be attributed to increases in product prices, consumers purchasing premium priced products, an increase in the volume of retail sales, and a rise in the level of consumption. ( I’m glad I could do my part)

And for everyone who complains that we need to run government more like a business- well you should love these guys. The ODLC actually MADE A PROFIT last year, and distributed the funds to a bunch of state services- including $135 million to the state?s General Revenue Fund.



  • Yeah, I couldn’t be more thrilled when a government agency “makes a profit.”

  • Personally, I’d prefer that the state allow liquor sales at any store, 24/7.

    But if we DO have to maintain these silly, puritanical regulations – then it does seem helpful that THIS department can fund itself.

  • Well, it shouldn’t be the atate’s decision to make.

    I’ll never think of taxes as a profit- Just legalized confiscation.

  • Well, it shouldn?t be the atate?s decision to make.

    So… gov’t restricting strip clubs good, restricting liquor sales bad?

    I’ll agree that restricting liquor sales is bad – I can’t get good gin at the local Krogers.

  • Unnecessary government restrictions on anything, especially for religious reasons, are generally a bad idea.

    The government has a responsibility to keep its citizens safe, of course, but at the end of the day, that can’t replace personal responsibility.

    I say:

  • let people buy/sell recreational drugs (personal responsibility) and establish a tax to pay for purity testing (safety)
  • let people buy/sell sex, and tax the transaction to pay for STD tests

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