Legislation introduced today by Sen. Roger Reinert would repeal Minnesota’s laws prohibiting the sale of liquor on Sundays. Sen. Reinert introduced similar legislation in the House in 2010.
“Minnesota’s current statutes prohibiting the sale of alcohol on Sundays puts our state at a competitive and economic disadvantage—particularly in communities that border Wisconsin,” said Sen. Reinert. “Wisconsin already got a win with the Packers going to the Super Bowl, why give them another win with Minnesota tax dollars?”
Analysts for the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) found that cross border purchases by Minnesotans driving to Wisconsin account for about 3.1 percent of the Badger State’s taxed liquor sales.
“This bill is about the free market, giving both businesses and consumers a choice,” Sen. Reinert said. “Stores could still choose to be closed on Sundays, and consumers could choose not to make a purchase. But let’s allow for the choice.”
A law change would also generate up to $10.6 million in tax revenue, according to DISCUS analysis. Minnesota is one of only 14 states that forbids retail liquor sales on Sundays.
DISCUS also reports that shoppers tend to spend more on Sundays than on other days of the week. And, in the important 35-to-54-year-old demographic, Sunday is the second most important grocery shopping day of the year. More than 43 percent of the distilled spirits consumers fall into that age category.
“Sunday liquor sale laws are remnants of a bygone era that no longer make sense in a 21st Century world,” Sen. Reinert said.