Opinion: OLCC price increases wrong for struggling economy

Jonathan Davis

In late January, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission asked for public input on a proposal called "minimum pricing." This policy sets a new artificial price floor on "bottom shelf" liquor. The OLCC is vague on why it's proposing this now but mentions "decreased social harms and adverse health impacts" as one possible reason.

This proposal would raise prices on more than one out of every 10 distilled spirits products. On average, the affected bottles' prices will increase by nearly 20% for 1.75L (popular among bars and restaurants) and by 23.5% for 750 ML bottles (popular among consumers). In many cases, prices will go up by more than 40%.