KEYC - Consumer Alliance Makes Push For Sunday Liquor Sales in Minnesot

Consumer Alliance Makes Push For Sunday Liquor Sales in Minnesota

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A renewed push by the Minnesota Consumers First Alliance is hoping to change Sunday liquor laws.

Video says: 'You can watch football and go ice skating in Minnesota, but buy a six–pack of beer? Oh Gosh no.'

That's been the longstanding argument for allowing liquor sales on Sunday.

But not all business owners are on board.

Jake Jacobs says, "I'll be real honest, I'm not in favor of it."

Jake Jacobs owns Park Lane liquors in Mankato.

Jacobs says, "I don't want to work seven days a week, I'm an old geezer, the other part is that if I don't work seven days a week I have to have more staff."

Even though Sunday sales would seem to add to his sales, Jacobs says things such as heating and electric bills offset the amount of sales.

Jacobs says, "Several states that have made the switch, it hasn't, people just stretch it into seven, for people who would buy two cases of beer on Saturday, then they buy one on Saturday and one on Sunday."

And while lawmakers say it isn't a top priority when the legislature reconvenes on March 8, they say it's an issue that won't go away.

Representative Clark Johnson says, "You never know, it depends on if the majority think it's an issue or if there's enough pressure."

Johnson says he voted for the bill last time and would do the same should it come up again.

The video claims Sunday Sales would add $10 million to the Minnesota economy.

Minnesota is one of 12 states that don't allow Sunday liquor sales.

-KEYC News 12

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