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Contact: Ashley Durkin / 202 243 7505 / Ashley.Durkin@wswa.org
Eighty Years Ago: Wyoming Voted to Repeal Prohibition
Wine & Spirits Wholesalers Spotlight Multi-Billion Dollar Impact on Wyoming Economy
On May 25, Wyoming marks an historic anniversary: on that date eighty years ago, Wyoming voted to ratify the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, making it the fourth of 36 states to do so, ultimately ending Prohibition and repealing the 18th Amendment. Marking this occasion, the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) released a detailed economic snapshot of the industry’s multi-billion dollar impact in Wyoming.
Today, the Wyoming wine and spirits industry supports more than 1,300 direct jobs, more than 150 supplier and service provider jobs, and approximately 1,720 total jobs statewide. The industry generates a total economic impact of $121 million, a direct economic impact of $ 70 million, and pays more than $41 million in wages to Wyoming-based workers each year, according to an economic analysis released by WSWA and prepared by New York-based John Dunham & Associates.
Beyond wages and economic impact, the wine and spirits industry in Wyoming generates more than $11 million in business taxes for state government ($10 million for the federal government) and over $11 million in consumer-paid state taxes on beverage alcohol products.
“The 21st Amendment paved the way for the creation of the modern three-tier beverage alcohol regulatory system that today delivers the widest variety of products available to consumers anywhere in the world in a manner that is safe, well-regulated, and ensures reliable revenue streams for state and federal government,” WSWA President and CEO Craig Wolf said.
On May 25 in 1933, Wyoming became the fourth state to take action on an historic Constitutional amendment—the only amendment to repeal another amendment, and the only amendment ratified by the state convention process. In fact, Wyoming was the first state to call convention to ratify the 21st Amendment.
Wolf pointed out that even today in Europe, Asia and Latin America, consumers regularly suffer because of unsafe, adulterated or counterfeit beverage alcohol. He said these issues are non-existent in the United States largely because of the regulatory framework enacted by the states and federal government under the 21st Amendment.
WSWA is the national trade association representing the wholesale tier of the wine and spirits industry. It is dedicated to advancing the interests and independence of wholesale distributors and brokers of wine and spirits. Founded in 1943, WSWA has over 350 member companies in 50 states and the District of Columbia, and its members distribute more than 70 percent of all wines and spirits sold at wholesale in the United States. More information is available at www.wswa.org.
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