Refute Claims of Rally in Goshen – Urge Legislators to Vote for Pro-Consumer, Pro-Business Legislation
Hartford CT – Members of End Connecticut’s Blue Laws Coalition responded to a rally in Goshen today on a legislative proposal to allow the sale of alcohol on Sundays. While those who attended the rally contend that the legislation would adversely impact small business, the large coalition of businesses and trade associations who support the bill spoke out in favor of the pro-consumer, pro-business proposal.
“This bill would bring Connecticut in line with other states, including every state in New England,” said Stan Sorkin, President of the Connecticut Food Association. The Connecticut Food Association represents grocers and family-owned businesses around the state that would benefit from the ability to sell alcohol on Sunday to their customers. “The majority of our members are privately-owned, independent grocery stores who are looking for a competitive edge. This bill will give us a chance that will help us catch up with bordering states so that we can compete.”
In fact, one study shows that Connecticut grocery and package stores lose $570 million in sales to bordering states. Ending the ban on Sunday sales would lead to an overall increase in sales of between 4 and 8 percent.
“I’m tired of saying no when I want to say yes,” said Gary David, President of David IGA in Kent. “I’ve literally had customers ask me for directions to a store that sells beer and leave their carts behind in my store. That’s money walking out the door and across the border.”
“Connecticut consumers approve as well,” according to Jay Hibbard, Vice President of the Distilled Spirits Council, who noted that a recent poll showed that two-thirds of Connecticut voters want to eliminate the outdated and inefficient ban. “It’s time to put Connecticut consumers first.”
The legislature will hold a public hearing on HB 5021 on Tuesday at the Legislative Office Building.