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Lifting Ban On Sunday Sales Would Bring More Revenue, Convenience

February 6, 2010 07:00 PM

SUNDAY ALCOHOL SALES • It's time to lift Connecticut's antiquated, anti-competitive ban

Gov. M. Jodi Rell isn't looking hard enough for more revenue to balance the state's badly out-of-whack budget. She has again rejected the idea of allowing the sale of alcoholic beverages in package stores and supermarkets on Sundays.

Lifting Connecticut's quaint "blue laws" ban on Sunday sales could yield $7.5 million to $8 million in increased tax revenue to the state in the year immediately following repeal, according to a study done late last year by the Legislative Program Review and Investigations Committee.

The Program Review staff recommends that this state's liquor and grocery stores be permitted, but not required, to sell alcohol on Sunday under their current licensing provisions. The case for lifting the ban is overwhelming.

The ban on Sunday sales has been repealed in 36 states. No other state in the Northeast but Connecticut has such a ban, which is anti-competitive — hurting Connecticut retailers — and is needlessly inconvenient for consumers.

This is a perennial battle at the Capitol, and Mrs. Rell is squarely against Sunday sales. That's a pity. Lifting the old-fashioned ban would produce several millions dollars in revenue for the state each year and give consumers a break.

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