Connecticut Considers Ditching Minimum Alcohol Pricing

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy has again submitted a bill that would do away with the state’s minimum alcohol pricing laws.

This legislation, passed in 1981, mandates that retailers sell alcohol at prices established by the liquor wholesalers.

Malloy believes that this unnaturally inflates prices for products in his state. According to a statement recently released by his office, Connecticut is the only state in America with such laws, leading to residents traveling out of state to purchase alcohol.

“Because of this law, business owners have fewer rights in determining the operations of their businesses, and consumers are forced to pay artificially inflated, high prices for products that are sold at a substantially lower price nearly everywhere else. Let the businesses determine the prices for these products, not the government,” Malloy said in a statement.

The governor suggested ditching the law last year — to no avail. Independently owned retailers have protested the removal of this legislation because they believe minimum pricing helps them compete with Big Box stores.

The bill is under consideration in the Connecticut General Assembly.

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