Tuesday, February 28, 2012
By Mark Pazniokaswww.ctmirror.org
UPDATE The battle to legalize Sunday liquor sales completed its evolution today into conflicting visions of prosperity and despair.
On one side, liquor wholesalers, major retailers, new groups looking to sell beer, wine and spirits, and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration told a legislative panel that proposed changes would bolster the economy and drive down some of the highest liquor costs in the country.
On the other side, the longstanding chief lobbyist for Connecticut’s package stores predicted that changes offered by the Malloy administration—not the institution of Sunday sales but rather measures expanding competition—would eventually eliminate more than 8,000 small business jobs.
While calling alcohol a “unique product” subject to “complex and long-standing” regulatory laws, Malloy wrote in testimony to the General Law Committee that the status quo no longer reflects “modern-day realities.”
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In other states, Costco has a wonderful wine department. In Vermont, every supermarket and convenience store (and Costco) and sell wine.
That’s the concern here Phil, that the small neighborhood places, like Dan’s or the place next door to Calise’s deli would not be able to compete with the big box places.
Of course they would be able to compete, with the right positioning and pricing. Despite Stop N Shop, Fresh Market, and Whole Foods there are plenty of convenience stores thriving in Westport.
End the blue laws!
I wonder how many of the liquor store owners who are whinining about competition and asking the state to continue to coddle them by limiting competion, will vote for Romney or Santorum because each promises to offer “less government interference” in our lives.
The hidden agenda is more tax revenue. Connecticut has higher alcohol taxes than any of our surrounding states. Governor Malloy is arguing lower consumer prices but if he was sincere his proposal would also reduce alcohol taxes to reflect the anticipated increased sales. Instead he committed to spending these anticipated tax revenues before the proposed changes had even gone to committee. Unfortunately he is just another politician on the Tax and Spend Bandwagon.