It is time to give the advantage to Connecticut consumers when it comes to buying beer, wine and alcohol.
Manmade impediments, including no sales on Sunday, minimum pricing regulations and the exclusion of convenience outlets, should go.
That’s Gov. Dannel Malloy’s position and it makes sense . . .
There simply is no good reason for alcohol restrictions to continue.
This year, the governor has unveiled sweeping changes to the state liquor law that would not only allow Sunday sales, but increase the hours when alcoholic beverages could be served at restaurants and bars, and likely lower costs.
The changes are worthwhile. They would yield as much as $8 million in state tax revenue while lowering prices and increasing convenience for consumers.
We agree with Dannel P. Malloy’s recommendation to allow store sales of alcohol on Sundays — part of a package of proposals the governor says would increase state revenues and enhance customer convenience . . .
In making his case, Malloy says Sunday sales could bring Connecticut millions more in annual tax revenues — money that would certainly help the state’s economic recovery.
But legalizing Sunday sales is more than just a way to collect more taxes. The old blue laws, while helping small shops compete, are an artificial, antiquated impediment to business — and to consumers.
The package of popular liquor law reforms endorsed by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today — among them, Sunday sales of alcohol, later hours for package stores and bars and an end to minimum pricing — is a winner for Connecticut.
If passed by the General Assembly, these modernizing changes in this state’s “blue laws” should mean greater convenience and lower costs for consumers, a better competitive position for Connecticut and millions of dollars in additional state tax revenue every year.
Connecticut is alone in New England and one of only a few states nationwide that bans Sunday sales of alcohol.
Consumers are denied this convenience largely because small retailers don’t want to open on Sunday and have for years hired powerful lobbyists to get their way.
It’s time that consumer voices were heard. Quaint blue laws protecting a relatively few small operators have no business being on the books in the 21st century.
Connecticut’s ban on Sunday alcohol sales is a musty custom that makes about as much sense today as declaring a sneezing fit the sign of a witch . . . There’s simply no logical reason why a person could buy groceries, a washing machine, a gallon of paint . . . and not a gallon of the liquor of their choice or a six-pack of beer.
But we are constantly hearing that businesses want less regulation, not more. The decision to remain open should be left to the individual store. Those on the border could remain open in order to compete, while those in the middle of the state can decide whether they want to close, stay open or hold limited hours.
As for us, we’re for freedom — to allow those stores that want to be open on Sunday to do so, just like every other retail business, small and large. Let each owner decide what makes business sense.