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Malloy renews push to change alcohol pricing

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy (Hugh McQuaid photo)
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy (Hugh McQuaid photo)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Friday launched another campaign to change the laws governing the state’s liquor sales with some strong rhetoric for lawmakers inclined to maintain the current alcohol pricing structure.

“People who don’t support this support Connecticut consumers being gouged,” he said at a press conference.

Malloy, who has weighed in on alcohol sales during previous legislative sessions, is seeking a several changes this year. He wants to:

  • Change a set minimum bottle price law by letting retailers sell alcohol at cost.
  • Allow alcohol sales until 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 8 p.m. on Sunday.
  • Increase a limit on the number of shops a package store owner can run from three to six.

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2 responses to “Malloy renews push to change alcohol pricing”

  1. Sjur Soleng

    Fulfilling some back room campaign promises…

  2. Paul Lanning

    Giant retailers can afford to price their merchandise lower than the wholesale price independent retailers must pay. For instance, Klein’s of Westport (remember them?) paid more for a copy of To Kill A Mockingbird than Barnes & Noble sold it for.

    That’s the biggest single reason for the extinction of Main Street retail across the U.S.

    Malloy’s use of the word “gouging” is irresponsible and wrong. Maybe he’s been drinking too much himself, because he knows that if a store can’t make a profit, that store goes away.

    Total Wine does a terrific job…they’re the Tower Records of the beverage world. But they don’t need-or deserve-Hartford’s help in squashing their competitors.

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