Malloy Outlines Plan For Sunday Liquor Sales In Connecticut

HARTFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Gov. Dannel Malloy is outlining a plan which will allow liquor and beer to be sold on Sundays in Connecticut and extend sale hours at stores, bars and restaurants to 10 p.m.

“I’m certainly hoping that it will be successful. It will allow the state to recover hundreds of millions of dollars in sales that we’re currently losing; obviously having a good impact on employment,” he said.

Malloy calls it a simple issue of competition, with residents near Connecticut’s borders heading into New York, Massachusetts or Rhode Island to buy alcohol.

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It’s not a new idea. Similar proposals have failed in the Legislature despite estimates that it could bring in an additional $8 million in revenue to the state.

The Connecticut Package Stores Association has consistently fought Sunday sales, saying stores can’t afford to open seven days a week.

Malloy, however, disagrees.

“We will not require that stores open on Sundays if they don’t want to, but we give the option,” he said.

The governor’s proposal would also push back bar and liquor store closing times by an hour.

A similar bill died in committee in the last legislative session. Malloy didn’t endorse similar legislation, but said he would sign it. It never came up for a vote.

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  1. Lora Griffes says:

    We’re not going to force them to stay open, we’re just going to allow the option. Ridiculous. Why not just have all stores stay open 365 days a year. Imagine all the sales being lost at Walmart for closing one day a year. Give me a break. Its all about money. Its always about money. Get the heck out of office Malloy. Mankind is our business. Having liquor stores open on Sunday will do nothing but allow the drunks one more opportunity for their fix.

    1. KPMc says:

      “Having liquor stores open on Sunday will do nothing but allow the drunks one more opportunity for their fix.

      Yeah… thats called personal choice and freedom. You know.. the things this country is supposed to be founded on.

      How does giving American citizens and business owners more choices infringe on your rights?

  2. kevin says:

    i get why customers want sunday sales, but in no way will that “recover hundreds of millions of dollars” it will just take the sales made on a saturday and spread them across two days instead of one, which will hurt the store owners by having to pay for employees to be there an extra while not making any extra profit (or for real small stores force some people to work 7 days a week)

  3. Dan Berry says:

    What is the GOVERNMENTAL reason for the current ban on Sunday liquor sales?

    1. Lou says:

      Dan,
      I’m not exactly sure what the true original intent of the Sunday ban was but it certainly has allowed liquor stores in CT to be owned and operated by people and families of CT instead of falling into the hands of Big Business. Now, it is less about why it was implemented but what changing the laws will do to existing small business without much if any benefit to CT. How many people in Malloy’s world will be destroyed to funnel money into the pockets of big business. I’m sure the biggest proponents, Malloy, Law Maker Tallarita of Enfield, and the enfield liquor store saying hes losing business, all have covert interests in this. Ugly politics. I would love to take a look at the source of Malloy’s 500,000,000 loss if it even exists. Sounds like Malloy is willing to say anything, true or not, to further his personal goals.

  4. Deborah Jeffries says:

    CONNECTICUT IS A FASCIST STATE IN A FASCIST COUNTRY BOTH RUN BY WEALTHY BOURGEOIS BUREAUCRATS THAT OPPRESS THE POOR. Our Lordship Malloy has ruled on liquor sales for his royal subjects. THE HAPPY SOCIALIST!

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