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Patch Poll: Should Gas Stations Be Allowed to Sell Beer?

While opponents of the plan say that drunken driving will rise if gas stations can sell booze, the governor points out that most people already get to liquor stores by driving.

Package stores — and at least one lawmaker — are railing against Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s proposal to allow gas stations to sell beer. They claim drunk driving would rise if this was allowed.

Malloy says the argument is being raised as a way defeat the "pro-consumer aspects" of his proposal.

In February, Malloy toured  in Orange to . A television reporter asked Malloy specifically about the potential danger of having gas stations sell alcohol.

"Can we just stop for a second. How do you think most people get to a liquor store?" Malloy asked.

“Well, I’m sure they drive there,” the reporter said.

Malloy replied, “So obviously if they’re driving already, it really is much the same, but people are using an argument to try to defeat the modernization and the pro-consumer aspects of what we’re proposing.”

According to the Hartford Courant, state Sen. Edith Prague, a Democrat from Southeastern Connecticut, strongly opposes allowing gas stations to sell beer.

 "This bill, for me, is a total outrage — after all these years of us trying to curb drunk driving," she told the newspaper. "It concerns me that people driving in to get gas can run in and get a six-pack. The bill is a disaster.''

Malloy's plan includes a variety of sweeping changes, such as allowing Sunday sales, removing price controls, capping the number of wine and liquor stores with a medallion system and permitting those stores to sell food. The governor said he hopes to make Connecticut more competitive with neighboring states.

Take our poll and tell us what you think.

Rob Hawkins March 10, 2012 at 03:15 PM
I want Sundays but don't like the other parts of Malloy's lies. His Excise tax and raising the sales tax to 6.35% combines drives prices up to the consumers its not the retailers. Medallion system is dumb it benefits his known accomplice (pending if he goes to jail). Big stores buys someone's medallion/liquore store in a poor failing area on the cheap, then get the medallion and use it in Hartford, or New Haven or Stamford. bulk pricing will lower pricing on the 10 most popular items for a couple years until the walmarts and other box stores euthanize the small wine stores and monopolizes the market and then can raise prices after their short term predatory prices will disappear thus the savings too. 95% of other choices will go up in price to support the bulk discounts in other area, it happen to New York. Store will spend most of their capital in this bulk orders an buy less choices since they don't have the funds. Thats better for the consumer less stores, less choices, short term lower prices on Yellow tail but then eventually goes up. Compare pricing with bording states online you will see its not much different. Due to govt taxes New Hampshire and MA kick our butt. Once again people vote party lines not on each particular issue. Good news many dems like sunday sales, but don't like the rest of the bill (lies). There was no ecomonic impact study that proves Malloys case. in face their was proof from other states that it did not work.
Rob Hawkins March 10, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Yes Michelle, raising the liquor excise tax doesn't lower the prices of alcohol, somehow Mallow trying to make it that his bill will help CT resident save money. Malloy raised CT sales tax from 6% to 6.35% I suppose thats suppose to help CT resident save money. Gas prices in CT 2nd worst in country due to our CT gas tax. He says one thing about helping CT consumers and being competitive but his actions always seems to make me poorer. I always fill up my tank when in NJ, and if the small stores owners get pinched here on this bill I will boycott buying my wine in CT.
Rob Hawkins March 10, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Its also about CT jobs. more jobs being loss. right now CT has many small business owners that have wine shops. they are CT residents that pay CT taxes. 1200 store use 1200 lawyers, 1200 accountants and other professional services to run their small business. Instead Malloy has aspirations to be president so he is making back door deals so he get $ to run for president. So increasing licenses from 2 to 9 in CT would monopolize the state Bevmax, Walmarts, Costco, so most of them have CEO that are not from CT so the taxes leave the state, less work for the professional services that currently support the small businesses. I don't want to have to go to WalMart and go to aisle 10 and get a 16yr kid from the electronics dept to help give me wine recommendations.
Peter March 21, 2012 at 11:15 PM
Right On!!
charles April 26, 2012 at 11:19 PM
I believe that if a business wants to sell a certain product, go ahead. All I ask is that the proprietors have the proper licensing.

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