According to this StarTribune article, Farmington’s Republican representative is pushing for a change to state law which would allow liquor sales on Super Bowl Sundays, something the Minnesota Licensed Beverage Association continues to stand against. You know, because being open on Sunday instead of say, Tuesday is detrimental to their business model because so many people want to drink on Tuesdays compared to Sunday. However, the arguments are the same tired old ones but the tax dollar amounts are staggering, especially if the Vikings ever made it to the big game.
From the article:
The Minnesota Licensed Beverage Association has effectively lobbied against broader Sunday sales with the same argument: Its member stores want one day off a week and the extra day open would merely spread six days of sales over a full week. Association lobbyist Joe Bagnoli said liquor stores feel the same way about Super Bowl Sunday.
“The Super Bowl is not a day that creeps up on people,” he said. “We’re virtually certain that if Sunday sales were allowed on Super Bowl Sunday, you’d just have much less sales” in the days leading up to the big game.
Rep. Phyllis Kahn, DFL-Minneapolis, has led the push to legalize Sunday sales in the House several times in the past decade. She said it’s an economic no-brainer, citing previous estimates that suggest an extra day of alcohol sales could generate between $3 million and $10 million in extra revenue for the state.
“If the Vikings were playing (in the Super Bowl), it would be $10 million” in one day, said Joe Hoppe, R-Chaska.
Should the state allow pressure from the lobbyists in this regard? Should they just ignore them and allow Sunday sales over their objections? Do you believe if the Vikings were in the Super Bowl that there would be a huge 10 million dollar day? Do you ever have the urge to buy liquor on a Tuesday? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear what you have to say.