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Connecticut Opens Sunday Liquor Sales

With approval from the Senate and Governor Malloy promising a signature, the bill will become law.

 

The days of not being able to purchase alcohol on Sundays in Connecticut will soon be a thing of the past.

After about an hour of debate, the Senate passed yesterday a much-talked-about bill that permits the sale of alcohol, beer and wine on Sundays, according to the Hartford Courant.

The bill passed 28-6, with the six no votes coming from Republicans, the Courant reports.

The bill is one way , which has been in the midst of a budget deficit crisis for the past few years as the U.S. economy works its way out of the Great Recession.

Not all legislators were sold on that, though.

The Courant quotes Deputy Republican Leader, state Sen. Len Fasano — who voted against the bill — as saying, in part:

"I'm going to vote no because I think it's going to hurt small businesses. ... With all due respect, it's not going to be a revenue driver to any significant degree.''

On the other side, a group called End CT Blue Laws, comprised of organization like the Connecticut Beer Wholesalers Association and the Connecticut Food Association, supported the bill and , playing up the convenience factor.

Under the new law, Sunday sales will be permitted from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Jaimie Cura (Editor) May 02, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Chef Frank left this comment on our Facebook page: "Don't even let me get started on this! Passing the changes to the liquor laws, as is, gives an unfair advantage to the "big box" stores (that the bill will allow to sell liquor and beer) because they will be able to take advantage of huge discounts (100+ cases of a single item at a time) that the smalll, neighborhood stores won't be able to take advantage of. Because minimum pricing will still be based on wholesale cost, the large stores can sell an item retail at a price lower than the small stores can buy from the wholesaler. This will be the end of the "Mom and Pop" package stores in Connecticut. The Sunday sales probably won't do much for gross revenues for the average store, except in the border towns next to states who sell liquor on Sundays - otherwise, people may skip liquor shopping on a Saturday (or Friday) and wait until Sunday - and even then, it will still be cheaper to go over the border for booze since the taxes in the neighboring states are less than in CT. The Sunday Sales change was nothing more than a way to get the public behind the bill that many of the large discount big-box stores were lobbying for, because it finally lets them tap into the liquor market in the state. This change, taken in its entirety, is very anti-small business and will drive many stores out of business." https://www.facebook.com/WoodMiddPatch
Jaimie Cura (Editor) May 02, 2012 at 10:03 PM
And a response to Frank's comment from Sean Political Page Murphy: "Chef Frank is right. The state has sanctioned monopolies due to the mindset that government has a right to pick winners and losers." https://www.facebook.com/WoodMiddPatch
dave May 04, 2012 at 08:41 PM
plain and simple, the people who are going over the border on sundays to buy liquor are also doing it every other day also, because it is cheaper. people living nears the borders are also buying their gasoline in other states also. thats cheaper too, because of the tax burden good ole danny boy has imposed on the state. also, bar receipts will be down on sundays because of this. if danny really wanted to raise liquor and gas sales, he would drop out tax beneath those of massachussetts and rhode island and get their people to come here. but you know danny knows best for everyone.
Frederick Wasser May 07, 2012 at 08:08 PM
I mourn the demise of a blue law. We should stop living the 24/7 life. It is going to kill all of us in the end. Frederick Wasser
Jaimie Cura (Editor) May 07, 2012 at 11:14 PM
Chef Frank wrote on Facebook: "Say good-bye to the neighborhood package store!" https://www.facebook.com/WoodMiddPatch
Ric Vargoshe May 08, 2012 at 11:23 PM
Dave, You are 100% correct!

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