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SALEM -- In a story Jan. 12 about liquor privatization, The Associated Press reported erroneously that state officials said prices are not likely to change if liquor sales are privatized. Oregon Liquor Control Commission chairman Rob Patridge said liquor prices would not drop and may actually go up.

A corrected version of the story is below:

OLCC chair: Privatization won't lower liquor prices OLCC chair says liquor prices probably won't drop if system is privatized

SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon state officials say liquor prices are not likely to drop if the system is privatized.

The Statesman Journal reports (http://is.gd/4wOESQ ) Oregon consumers would likely pay the same prices or higher for alcohol because the fees are not going to change.

That money collected by the state of Oregon goes to cities, counties and the state general fund. Liquor sales are the third biggest revenue generator for Oregon.

If a ballot initiative qualifies for the November election, the only impact to consumers would be alcohol sales in grocery stores. Grocers would likely profit but the state would be forced out of the business.

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