Welch for State Senate Addresses Sunday Liquor Sales
BRISTOL, CT – Welch for State Senate released the following statement on the state ban of liquor sales on Sunday:
Any time a prohibition is imposed by the state one should always ask why, and the absence of a sufficient justification should be disconcerting. When the state ban on Sunday liquor sales is put to this test, its proponents struggle to articulate a rational basis.
Some contend that the ban is an issue of morality. Yet the state allows us to purchase alcohol on Sundays in any number of restaurants and bars. Thus, morality is not the state’s real basis for the ban. Others claim that it is an issue of safety. However, consuming alcohol at home is safer than consuming alcohol and then driving home. A few argue that small business liquor stores should get a legislated day off. But by that argument we should shut the whole state down on Sundays so other small retailers can get a break too.
Finally, some say it is too expensive to keep businesses open in Connecticut seven days a week. This is true, which is why last year 4000 business closed their doors and 65,000 jobs were lost (making Connecticut the worst state for job losses after Michigan). That is not, however, a reason for banning liquor sales on Sunday everywhere in Connecticut except for bars and restaurants. High taxes, state employment mandates, high energy costs, and excessive regulations and fees make any day you are open in Connecticut too expensive to stay open. The answer to those problems is lowering taxes, reducing mandates, streamlining state permitting, offering job creation tax credits, removing laws that make it more expensive to employ people in Connecticut and getting state spending under control – not banning liquor sales on Sunday everywhere except for bars and restaurants.
The argument to maintain the Sunday liquor ban is a straw man argument. Legislative resources ought to be focused on those things that will get the economic engines in Connecticut moving again and creating jobs today that will remain here into tomorrow.
Jason Welch seeks to be the Republican nominee to the State Senate race for the 31st District, which includes Bristol, Plainville, Plymouth and parts of Harwinton.
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