Should Sunday Liquor Sales Be Lifted? Allowing to sell liquor on sundays could be fatal for some small businesses but convenient for consumers.

Who are the proponents of keeping the liquor sales on Sunday banned?

The majority of proponents who are keeping the liquor sales on Sunday banned are Minnesota House Committees and businesses. Legislator Laurie Halverson is more concerned about how the ban will affect the small liquor stores. She says “If you’ve got the opportunity to go shopping on a Sunday, I want to be sure that you aren’t driving by your small businesses. Don’t leave our small businesses behind.” Though unopposed to the ban, Laurie hopes that if Liquor sales do end up being sold on Sundays people will choose to support the smaller businesses so that they can help their family and community financially. According to an American business magazine named Bloomberg Businessweek “Most restaurants try to make alcohol sales account for around 30 percent of their revenue. Restaurant, bar and grocery store owners often use that estimated percentage of revenue as one factor in pricing their drinks. The more a business hopes to make from alcohol sales, the more expensive it's alcohol.” Even though sales on Sunday may be bad for small business shops, most restaurants rely on selling expensive bottles of alcohol for their revenue so selling liquor on Sundays really help places like bars, diners and grocery stores.

Who does the liquor ban affect?

Apart from House Members voting for or against the law, the law doesn’t affect them as much as it does for small business owners and consumers. Small liquor stores are worried about big box retailers and the cost-benefit of staffing an extra day of sales. Smaller shops simply cannot compete with big companies. News writer Pat Kessler talks about Ed Schmidt, who is the owner of North Hill Liquor and states “He’s worried that selling alcohol on Sundays will force him to work a seventh day just to be competitive.” Working an extra day is not all that small business owners are alarmed about. Many small businesses are afraid that their consumers will start to turn against them once Sunday liquor is approved. Ed Schmidt stresses about his customers and says “I wouldn’t be forced to, but I think that customers would eventually migrate to the bigger store, and that puts us out of business,” Places like Cub Liquor or Sam's Club could potentially steal the spotlight away from smaller liquor shops. Supporters of the Sunday liquor bill say Minnesota businesses are losing money with a Sunday ban. Brenda Visnovec, Lakeville’s liquor operations director explains how having a seventh day open shop proves to have no difference in revenue. Visnovec shares “It’s been proven over and over and over again in other states that it really isn’t going to improve the bottom line, because 55 percent of what our operating costs are is labor, you’re only going to increase sales by maybe — from what other states have seen — 3 to 5 percent on the top end.” She clarifies that the money would go to the employees and the light bill. Selling liquor on Sundays is a waste of time and money for most small businesses.

How are Sunday liquor sales helping tax revenue rates go up?

Sunday liquor sales from other states that approved the bill seem to be helping tax revenue rates go up from taxes such as revenue of hospitality tax rates. Mayor of Hardeeville, Bronco Bostick states "We need the alcohol sales in the city of Hardeeville," Bostick said. "In 2008, alcohol sales were my campaign platform. I always wanted to go back to Sunday alcohol sales for the region because we are surrounded by areas that sell alcohol on Sunday and we're missing out on that revenue." Bostick, meanwhile, claims that sales would bring in a good deal of additional accommodations and hospitality tax revenue. The mayor also talks about other counties that sell alcohol on Sunday and reports “If people want to have a party on Sunday afternoon, they currently have to go six miles down the road to purchase a beer and so that's our money not going back into Hardeeville and J.” to conclude, a small county can really benefit from the extra revenue. A campaign in support of Sunday sales called MN Consumers First Alliance notes that sales have “estimated Minnesota loses more than $10 million in annual tax revenue because of Sunday closings.” Losing an extra day of the week to sell liquor can really add up. Rather than having a perception of alcohol money wise, some citizens have religious viewpoints on Sunday alcohol sales. Religious people such as Mormons believe that Sunday should be a day to cleanse and be about reflections with no toxins like alcohol.

What do Sunday liquor bans have to do with religion?

Rather than having a perception of alcohol money wise, some citizens have religious viewpoints on Sunday alcohol sales. Religious people such as Mormons believe that Sunday should be a day to cleanse and be about reflections with no toxins like alcohol. Bill Graveland, who is a National Correspondent for The Canadian Press talks about Mormons and states “The religion prohibits drinking coffee, tea and alcohol, and believes Sundays are holy and should be about reflection.” In the city Spartanburg, A Christian mother rejected the liquor bill because she claimed that it sent a bad message in the city. Graveland explained “Holly Owens of Spartanburg said she didn’t support the measure because of her faith. As a Christian, Owens said she wasn’t willing to support it because she felt it sent a bad message. Sunday is typically a family day, Owens said, and if kids are exposed to people drinking, they might think it’s accepted behavior.” Religious or not, the ban affects many people positively and negatively. It is a new generation, some laws need to be renewed because it would be unfair to keep a law that wasn’t for the same reason.

How will selling liquor on Sundays affect the future?

It is a new generation, some laws need to be renewed because it would be unfair to keep a law that wasn’t for the same reasons anymore. A majority of Minnesotans would choose the opportunity to have a choice to sell or buy things on Sundays. In fact, Sunday is the most busiest day for weekend shopping. Tom Hanson,who is an ambassador for Minnesota Finance Commissioner claims “Shoppers also tend to spend 21 percent more on Sunday than any other day of the week.” He proves that most errands are done the most on Sundays rather than other days of the week. Representative Jenifer Loon from Eden Prairie chief author of the bill talks about having options and cites “Repealing the Sunday sales ban will give consumers and businesses the convenience and choice they deserve, and I hope we can get it signed into law this year.” She expresses her concern for Minnesotans and their freedom. Jenifer also claims “This historic vote brings us one step closer to giving Minnesotans the freedom to buy their favorite beer or wine on any day of the week without government getting in the way.” Having Sunday Liquor sales passed proves that it can benefit others on having the freedom of options. People don’t have to shop on Sundays if they do not want to.

By Marissa Phaxay

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