Senator pushes to eliminate sales tax on beer, wine and liquor

By Christine Stuart

HARTFORD, Conn. — Sen. Kevin Witkos, R-Canton, doesn’t believe proposing legislation that eliminates the sales tax on beer, wine, and liquor is a conflict of interest for him, despite being a tavern owner.

Witkos is proprietor of Wilson’s Pub in Collinsville with his wife, Esther. He said the legislation he’s proposing would only impact sales tax charged at grocery and package stores. He said the new legislation would have no impact on the sales tax charged by restaurants and bars.

“It’s not applicable to my business,” Witkos said Sunday in a phone interview.

Also, instead of introducing it as a General Law Committee bill where he’s the ranking Republican member, he made sure it was introduced as a Finance Committee bill.

“In order to make sure there were no improprieties, I made it a Finance Committee bill,” Witkos said Sunday.

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