A Minnesota lawmaker wants to change state law to allow liquor stores to open for next year’s Super Bowl — even as other legislators renew a perennial push to legalize broader Sunday sales.
A Wisconsin lawmaker is proposing a bill that would allow retailers to see liquor at 6 o’clock in the morning.
Minnesota lawmakers are past the halfway point of their 2011 session, and with less than two months to the May 23 adjournment deadline, much work remains. Most critically, Gov. Mark Dayton and Republicans who control the Legislature are still far apart on how to eliminate a projected $5 billion shortfall for the next two years.
A proposed liquor law change long bottled up at Minnesota’s Capitol inched ahead Wednesday when a Senate committee voted to permit booze sales in stores on Sundays and all holidays.
Most of us have been there. It’s Sunday, and you want a beer, but you’re out. Any other day you could just make a beer run, but not on Sunday, not in Minnesota.
Minnesotans making alcohol runs to Wisconsin generate $10.6 million in tax revenues for the Badger state and Sundays are the second busiest shopping day of the week. That means a huge loss on alcohol sales.