TCF Bank Stadium did it, Mystic Lake Casino is in motion to do it; it’s about time Minnesota took notice of the amount of revenue alcohol sales bring in and allow liquor stores to open their doors on Sundays. According to a policy analysis presented by the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, Sunday liquor sales would account for a projected $7.6 million to $10.6 million in new tax revenues.
After years of countless bills proposed by Minnesota legislators in favor of Sunday liquor sales, all liquor stores are still forced to close on Sundays
A Minnesota House of Representatives opinion poll offered at the State Fair this year found that the majority of people living in Minnesota want liquor stores open on Sundays. Out of the more than 9,000 people surveyed, 63 percent favored legalizing Sunday liquor sales, while only 30 percent did not.
Minnesotans should be able to purchase alcohol on Sundays. Only 11 other states share the ban, and 16 states have changed their laws to legalize Sunday liquor sales since 2002. Connecticut repealed their Sunday liquor bans in May and added an estimated $5.2 million in revenue each year.
Allowing liquor sales on Sunday will not promote excessive drinking for Minnesotans. Those who want to drink will find a way regardless of what day it is, which often means making a trip to Wisconsin. Minnesota legislators should support the majority and pass a bill that allows liquor stores to be open on Sundays. If certain stores wish to have that extra day off, they can independently choose to remain closed. Repealing the ban will lead to more sales and will ultimately boost the economy of the state — just one of the benefits to having a “Sunday Funday.”