State legislators are re-examining the ban on Sunday liquor store hours. The argument can be distilled to lobbyists for small package stores are against it because they don’t want to be open 7 days a week, large stores and stores along state borders want the ban lifted so they can tap into the lost revenues they see leaking to neighboring states without arcane laws, and three big city mayors supporting the idea because, well, after reading two articles on the subject I’m just not quite sure what the cities of Bridgeport, Hartford and New Haven have to gain other than positioning themselves for more state tax dollars.
It all comes down to projected revenues that the Hartford legislators. For once I would really like for political flunkies to just do something for the purpose of streamlining government regulations. Eliminate the whole ban on Sundays and holidays and hours and just do something for the people of this state. Stop passing new legislation, and dedicate some fervor to repeal legislation and bureaucracy.
To the small store owners who don’t want to open on Sundays then don’t. If you think running a business simply involves opening your doors and people will buy stuff from you, then you are an order taker. Give people compelling service and interesting products and they will buy stuff from you, even if you decide to open on Sundays and close on Mondays.
What’s more interesting for legislators to debate is whether we even needs package stores. For a complete rundown of what state does what, the WIKI.