Should Sunday liquor sales be allowed?

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Currently, you can order this beverage in a bar on Sundays, but not buy it in a store.
A bill to allow Sunday liquor sales, SF 197, is being introduced in the Senate today by Sens. Scott Dibble, Linda Scheid, and Roger Reinert of the DFL and Republican Sen. John Howe.

How would you like your elected officials to vote: Should Minnesota allow Sunday liquor sales? Why or why not? Join the discussion and leave a comment below.

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UmmmWinning
UmmmWinning

I'm an adult capable of deciding when I should or should not buy alcohol. Prohibition seven days a week obviously didn't work. Only being able to buy alcohol at bars on Sunday is a pointless inconvenience

BOLDENC
BOLDENC

what will happen with the people who wants to drink and drive or the bad alcoholics who abuse and neglect their kids, or the rehab centers who are already filled with capacity, People actually needs to drink that much that 1 day of no liquor selling is just too much for people who enjoys drinking a bit too much, besides didnt mark dayton get arrested for dwi and he trying to pass a bill like this WHAT DOES THIS SAY ABOUT OUR GOVERNMENT. AND NOT TO MENTION THE REPEATED OFFENDERS WITH DWI/DUI HOW MANY CHANCES DO THEY GET. AFTER ALL THE HIT AND RUN ACCIDENTS THIS PAST YEAR AND PEOPLE WHO LOST THEIR LIVES BECAUSE PEOPLE DRIVING DRUNK? LETS THINK ABOUT WHATS MORE IMPORTANT THAN TAX REVENUE

for reals
for reals

People DO drink on Sundays. But, unfortunately people are driven to listerine and other high-alcohol products that aren't made for drinking. Not to say that this is a reason to allow Sunday sales, but your logic in thinking that people don't drink on Sundays because liquor stores are closed is very wrong. Hang out in a lower-income neighborhood grocery store on a Sunday and you will see what I am talking about.

ThisIsCapitalism
ThisIsCapitalism

It's not like one can't buy alcohol on Sunday's... People, unfortunately, can drink to much and commit horrible acts any day of the week. I'm guessing that allowing 'Sunday Liquor Sales' will have little effect on this...

Stalkingsith
Stalkingsith

Opening up liquor store restrictions to allow grocery stores and gas stations to sell liquor and allowing them to be open on Sunday will only decrease revenue for the state. It’s simple mathematics, most of the income generated from Cub Foods “supervalue” and like size competitors pay a significantly lower tax rate than the mom and pop stores. In 2009 supervalue had an effective tax rate of 10% or 65 million on 632 in pretax income. This is accomplished by funneling money through its off shore tax entities (via the bogus fraud invested 80/20 rule). This isn’t some crazy tea bagger rant read “unfair advantage” by the American Sustainable Business council or Supervalu’s publicly available 10k (yearly financial statements). You are not increasing the market but spreading 6 days of sales over 7 days. I see many people argue that the stores don’t have to stay open, but as a business hoping to stay relevant, a M/P liquor store would be forced to stay open, would lose significantly in variable overhead expenses. There is an argument that Minnesota will absorb all this income from forgone to other states by being open this extra day. Is it really worth it to cater to the small minority of alcoholics that live next to the borders to the detriment of 1000’s higher tax paying o small business owners? It’s simple dollars and cents, roughly the same amount of income at a 30% tax rate that benefits the state and small business owners or that same revenue at 10% or less that will close numerous liquor stores and increase our state’s debt.

Gcrust
Gcrust

OMGawd no to sales in grocery stores. Underage kids and sober people would be tempted. Stop the insanity. This is just crazy speak. Unless it will fund new stadiums for the Saints and that purple horned team.

Gcrust
Gcrust

OMGAWD do not allow this. It will be a travesty to the laws our forskin fathers put in place. Please Michelle Bachman do not let this happen. Use your crazy eyes to divert this bill from the committee.

Kumbia
Kumbia

For all of us liberals, this is a Christian tradition, I believe we are discriminating against of fellow Jewish, Muslim and Hindu brothers and sisters. We should ban sales on Friday, and Saturday, for our Jewish friends and we should ban altogether sales to placate our Muslim, Mormon, Methodist and Hindu's who don't drink alcohol at all.Either we don't discriminate against Christians or we honor all of our fellow nion drinkers by banning alcohol.Next I suggest not only pork, but all meat, for our Vegan friends.Peace and Love

shellibomb
shellibomb

I agree, sell it on Sundays.For now, you can buy a bottle of wine at the restaurant and cork it and bring it home. Granite City sells 2 liter Growlers for $10 every day that you take home to drink. They cork it.

Guestlover
Guestlover

probably would be better off getting those growlers at town hall being that Granite City is a national chain.

Eric
Eric

A few years back, half of the liquor stores in West Saint Paul tried to get the city to remove the 8:00 closing restriction, while the other half did not want to have to compete with them, so they opposed it. Notice was sent to all residents who lived within 100' of a liquor store, and I was the only resident who showed up to the Council meeting. I spoke in favor of freedom of a business owner to run their own business however they like, and was not able to sway the Council. I do not support the Sunday restriction, the 10:00 closing restriction, or the only at liquor stores restriction.

How nice would it be to be able to stop by a local brewery on a Sunday morning on the way to a Vikings game for a growler of fresh beer for tailgating? Man, this is pissing me off...

Highdesertguy
Highdesertguy

Havinf moved from the Twin Cities more than 10 years ago. First to Phoenix and currently in Albuquerque I am still surprised when I come home to visit family that I need to remember to make a liquor store run on Saturday if I want to drink on Sunday. I remember the arguments against both the Sunday liquor sales and the ones against supermarket sales. In both Phoenix & Albuquerque they have sold liquor (beer, wine & spirits) minimal issues with underage sales. It's time for Minnesota to catch up with the rest of the nation.

BDS
BDS

I grew up in Albuquerque (left in 1990). When I was there, it was a county decision as to whether booze sales were available on Sunday. At the time, Bernalillo County banned Sunday sales, so if you wanted booze, you had to drive over to Sandoval County. I take it they've since changed it, as they should here.

culero
culero

All these comments over booze. Fucking Hipters get your shit together.

Honestly
Honestly

Yes! And in grocery stores w/o separate entrances (like Trader Joes, Byerlys etc). And allow car sales on Sunday as well. I don't follow the Christian Sabbath (heck, our Jewish and Muslim colleagues are on other days anyway), so let's eliminate these vestiges of what were known as blue laws. This isn't Utah.

youboreme
youboreme

I would say yes to booze, cocaine, hashish, and weed sails on Sunday. And one other thing, have all of the above availible in Starbucks and Caribou coffee shops. Sober caffeinated people staring into laptop monitors for endless hours scares the hell our of me. I know the weed smoke would clear them out within seconds.

Steves
Steves

Why cant we leave it up to the stores. If they want to be open sun why not. It has seemed to work for the new 10:00 closure time in Hennepin County. And while we're at it, legalize marijuana too. Could you imagine a place where you could get a sixer and a pack of joints on a sunny Sunday afternoon. That ought to diversify our tax fields.... *uck Bush

Starquest
Starquest

Republicans want government out of private business. Well, put your money where your mouth is, because that's exactly what's going on here.

mikey
mikey

I don't understand why this law has lasted this long. It makes no sense. You can go to a bar and drink on Sunday, you can drive to a liquor store in WI to buy booze on Sunday, you can buy booze on Saturday and save it to drink on Sunday. But you can't buy booze to take home on Sunday in this state. It is an antiquated law based on someone else's religious beliefs.

Repeal this law immediatley!!!

Luke
Luke

yes.that is all.

East Coast Doug
East Coast Doug

Not being able to buy alcohol on Sunday or in supermarkets is just example of how broken and ineffective our state government has become.

M L
M L

um. not really.

It's a relic from the very distant past, and increasing alcohol availability for a relatively tiny amount of tax dollars is not tops on the list of most politicians.

Anyway, wouldn't the Republican governors this state has had for a long time now veto this?

They are all for freedom until it comes to things their preacher doesn't like.

Sgathje1
Sgathje1

Having lived in KS, which allows Sunday sales, and traveled in a number of states all of which allow Sunday sales, I would say emphatically MN needs to leave prohibition behind and get with the rest of the world.

The only justification for banning Sunday sales is religious which last I looked isn't allowed under the constitution. How about banning Sunday sales of Bibles?

Dave
Dave

It's unreal that we even still have this law in existence. IMO it isn't the states right to tell me when I can have my business open (I dont own a liquor store, point is any business shouldn't be subject to hour restrictions). Even the hour limits are B.S.

247guy
247guy

We should allow sales 24/7. Stimulate the local economy plus gain more tax revenue. Its a win-win for government.

Pogue58
Pogue58

This will cause Sunday sales of Listerine to plummet.

Mannyminot
Mannyminot

Government out of our liquor stores. Let the free market decide. I remember growing up in ND and going to the grocery store, with some items covered up so we wouldn't be tempted to buy them ...

Hotspur
Hotspur

No brainer: yes.

C'mon, MN. Take a baby step toward the 21st Century.

bri-bri
bri-bri

YES to booze on Sundays. Blue Laws are ridiculously dated. Not so sure about booze in grocery stores. I love my independent sellers - more than happy to make an extra stop to support them - and some would surely suffer if SuperValu et al got in on the game.

Phil Spitalny
Phil Spitalny

Does anyone expect a 'reformed' drunk like Mark Dayton to sign such a bill?

Melbellr
Melbellr

I believe the term is recovering alcoholic. And as far as I can tell Mr. Dayton seems to be in favor of many things that will increase tax revenues.

Admiralakbar
Admiralakbar

Please please please stop being such a nanny state. Liquor store owners in every other state are able to stay open 7 days a week, and it is optional for those ma and pa shops that can't do it. Please please please stop telling me when and where I can and can't purchase alcohol.

Midnitestr0ll
Midnitestr0ll

Of course there should be alcohol sales on Sunday. Is there a good, solid reason why a business can't choose for themselves whether they are open or not?

Ben
Ben

We lost out on plenty of tax dollars because of it. We're only one of 2 states that still don't allow Sunday sales thanks to our stupid blue laws. Let's change that.

M L
M L

Actually, according to WCCO last night there are 14 states with no sales on Sundays and I know personally that there are a lot more than 2 though I haven't verified all 14.

I agree it's stupid though!

Matt Lewis
Matt Lewis

Yes to selling on Sundays, yes to selling in grocery stores. Last I checked Illinois and Wisconsin haven't yet imploded from allowing these things.

Also, guys and gals, at least we're not in Virginia or Pennsylvania (or a few other states, also Ontario) where liquor has to be sold at state-owned liquor stores!

Fred
Fred

I, too am more in favor of selling booze at the grocery store. I suspect they'd sell the lower end wines / beers and the locally owned shops will continue to sell the higher end / craft expensive products - which tend to be more expensive = higher profit margin. Knowing how we like our drink, there's plenty of room for all to sell!

Cenger30
Cenger30

Booze on Sundays and in grocery stores. BTW - is MGM a locally owned liquor store? Don't think so. A lot of liquor stores are munis - owned by the individual cities that is why you'll never see it in grocery stores, cities make too much money to agree to it.

Dave S.
Dave S.

The corporate office is in Woodbury... For a chain, that is pretty local.

boozefreedom
boozefreedom

There is no good reason to prohibit Sunday sales of liquor. We all know the only reason its on the books is some midwestern cultural/religious values that once did, but no longer have a place in forming legislation. People need booze on Sunday even more than most days - there are sports to watch, family and friendly gatherings to be had. You want to prohibit sales one day? Take Monday or Tuesday. We already have to be 21 to buy, we don't need Papa Gov telling us when we can or can't buy booze.

Booze should be sold in grocery stores too, again, when consumed legally by adults it is a complement to the food you eat, so it is only logical that you should be able to buy them together. It sucks balls to leave work and have to make 2 stops on the way home. GO BOOZE FREEDOM!

AG
AG

Well, if it's a matter of smaller businesses not wanting to stay open on Sunday, let them stay closed. I've driven to WI for booze before out of last-minute necessity, and I'll do it again if our brilliant elected officials can't pull their heads out of their collective asses long enough to make their constituents happy.

ATCer
ATCer

Is the government still in the business of enforcing religious observance and church attendance? If not repeal this law. If so, throw them out.

M L
M L

I would be more curious if restaurants for example feel they do better on Sundays because people can't buy a beer to have at home?

Is anyone against this change actually except the liquor stores?

John
John

Why the hell not? What's so special about Sunday?

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