Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Sunday Sales in Ga!

It is about time the state of Georgia comes into the 21st century. I realize the state is in the heart of the Bible belt and there are still some very powerful parties and people who are opposed to alcohol sales on Sunday due to religious reasons. That is fine and I understand their point of view, but times have changed from when these laws were implemented and they need to understand how allowing alcohol sales in stores on Sunday could affect the state’s budget. I found this article on politifact.com. It gives some pretty good numbers showing that the state could bring in some big bucks by just overturning the ban. Here is an excerpt from the article, if you wish to read the article in its entirety, please click here.

One group that wants to end the ban made its case to legislators in a recent op-ed in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, a Washington, D.C.-based group that says it represents many of the nation’s leading liquor manufacturers, says Georgia can add millions of dollars to its coffers from the sales taxes it would collect from people buying alcohol on Sundays.

"Georgia stands to generate $3.4 [million] to $4.8 million in additional state tax revenues per year simply by repealing this outmoded ban," wrote the group’s vice president, Ben Jenkins.

Those numbers only deal with liquor sales only and doesn't take in account the addtional amount of beer and wine sales. So those numbers could be much higher.

I think it is time for Georgia to get with the program. There are currently 14 states that have a Sunday Sales ban; it is time for Georgia to get off that list. Please let me know if you agree with me or not. I would love to hear some feedback on this one.


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