SPOKANE -- More people appear to be making booze runs across the state line to Idaho since Washington privatized its liquor system.

The Spokesman Review reports business in Idaho stores is booming since Washington closed its state-run stores at the end of May.

Idaho State Liquor division director Jeff Anderson says November sales in Moscow were up 40 percent compared to a year before. Sales are also up 40 percent in Post Falls since July.

The state has opened a new liquor store near the state line to relieve the pressure.

The Washington Department of Revenue says the average price of a bottle of liquor has dropped since the first month of privatization from $25.35 a liter to $24.06 in October.

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