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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

To Keep Education Focus, Malloy Compromises on Liquor

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By Mark Pazniokas

www.ctmirror.org

Trying to keep the political focus on education reform, the administration of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy responded today to some of the concerns raised by wholesalers and retailers of alcohol about his sweeping proposal to overhaul liquor laws.

Revisions distributed by the administration would limit competition among retailers and retain some of the controls on pricing, while still giving retailers more flexibility to sell beer, wine and spirits more cheaply.

The changes reflect a governor more willing to compromise in his second year, especially when the price of sticking to his original plan might be a protracted fight that could draw political resources away from education reform.

“The governor understands, we all understand, there is not much time,” said Roy Occhiogrosso, the governor’s senior adviser. “There is a big education reform package that is a priority.”

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Posted 02/28/12 at 12:43 AM

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