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Cheaper Booze Prices in Connecticut Are on the Table This Year

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has proposed legislation to eliminate minimum package store pricing standards that make liquor sales more expensive in this state.

 

Last year the governor took on Sunday liquor store sales. This year he's set his sights on lowering the price of alcohol at those stores.

Montville has a number of liquor (or package) stores.

Among the legislation Gov. Dannel P. Malloy submitted this week is a proposal to eliminate the state's alcohol pricing laws for Connecticut liquor stores, which set minimum prices that increase the retail costs of that bottle of wine or cognac by as much as $9 in some cases, the Journal Inquirer reports.

The state's law banning package store owners from setting prices below those established by their wholesalers is intended to protect smaller stores from the bulk-buying capabilities of large retailers. But the law also hurts consumers and the state because Connecticut residents either buy less alcohol or they go to the border states of New York, Rhode Island or Massachusetts, where booze prices are lower, the newspaper reports.

Getting rid of minimum pricing standards could bring another $1.5 million annually in sales tax revenues into state coffers because of increased sales in Connecticut, the JI reports. Smaller retailers, however, are likely to oppose the change because of concerns that large retailers could set prices too low for them to compete.

jane February 13, 2013 at 11:15 AM
The law should be repealed. As much as I want to see small business succeed, in essence, they are also being hurt by out of state purchases. This is a case of what's best to the majority - less cost to the consumer and more tax money for the State.
KEV February 13, 2013 at 11:21 AM
The price of alcohol in this state has little to do with minimum bottle prices, and a lot to do with the state tax rate. The NY, MA & RI all have much lower taxes at the wholesale level, that is why booze cost more here in CT. And yes, repealing the min bottle price will crush a lot of business owners, and cost a lot of jobs.
jane February 13, 2013 at 03:09 PM
Kev -"repealing the min bottle price will crush a lot of business owners, and cost a lot of jobs." Has there been a study published on this or are you making this up?
KEV February 13, 2013 at 05:08 PM
Jane, here is two of many, however it is really just common sence. Small stores cannot compete with large companies, they don't have the resourses. Nothing made up, I am in the business. http://www.cga.ct.gov/2012/GLdata/Tmy/2012HB-05021-R000228-Chris%20Vellozzi,%20Castle%20Wine%20&%20Spirits-TMY.PDF http://www.thebeveragejournal.com/facing-issues/

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