Malloy wants to deregulate likker prices, shop keepers protest. I have no dog in this fight but I’m not impressed by this guy’s argument:
Kevin Sheehan, 45, owner of Vintage Wine and Spirits in the Stratford Square Plaza for the last four years, was critical of Malloy’s proposals.
The governor is basically trying to crucify this industry,” Sheehan said in an interview. “With everything that he wants to do, there’s no way that small stores can compete with the Stop & Shops and Costco’s of this world. They would crush us.”
By what right does a person claim the power of the state to coerce consumers into subsidizing his business? I don’t get it. Malloy’s got this right:
A bottle of wine selling for $21.99 in Massachusetts could cost $29.99 in Connecticut, he said. “It is absolutely outrageous that people expect citizens of Connecticut to pay that kind of premium. This has been a 100 percent regulated and protected industry and in so, in many ways, is quite un-American. I go into a pharmacy and there’s no minimum price for aspirin.”
As an aside, who is this sign holder “Bill Carlson”, supporting Sunday liquor sales and lower prices? A dedicated alcoholic? A flack for the bottling industry? The article doesn’t say. It does report that “close to 1,000 people on both sides of the issue swarmed the legislative complex ….” and that, too makes me curious. I’m not asking for names, but shouldn’t a reporter at least give us a hint about who these people are? I mean, why would 1,000 people travel to Hartford for any reason, let alone demonstrate in favor or opposition to cheap booze on Sundays?