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The General Law Committee will hold a public hearing on SB 789 “AN ACT CONCERNING THE REGIONAL COMPETITIVENESS OF CONNECTICUT’S ALCOHOLIC LIQUOR PRICES,” which the Governor has also included as part of his budget.

This bill eliminates the current definition of minimum bottle.

The hearing will be on Tuesday, February 21st at 2:30 p.m. in Room 1B of the Legislative Office Building in Hartford. This year, we are requesting that all who receive this notice attend the hearing.

The committee has asked that we try to limit the speakers. They know this issue well and know why they want to support us.

We are trying to limit speakers to no more than five persons, and in consideration of us meeting this request, they will make more time for Carroll Hughes to speak for the association and all stores.

The bill, if it passes, will result in an estimated loss of up to 700 stores, over 3000 jobs, and potentially seriously affect Connecticut-based manufacturers of wine, distilled spirits and beer.

The loss to the state in sales tax from the bill is estimated to be $6 to $9 million. The loss in income tax payments and related taxes could be as much as another $4 million. Local property tax impact loss could be an additional $8 million.

Many package stores that would potentially close are anchor stores in many shopping centers.

There is also a bill in the Finance Committee, SB 787 “AN ACT CONCERNING REVENUE ITEMS TO IMPLEMENT THE GOVERNOR’S BUDGET,” which contains the removal of minimum bottle pricing.

There is no public hearing scheduled at this time, but we ask you to contact your legislators and tell them that you are opposed to this bill as well. If you do not know who your legislators are, use this link to find out: https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/menu/cgafindleg.asp

We look forward to having you join your lobbyists Carroll Hughes, Jean Cronin, Judy Ganswindt, Ray Collins, Colin Carroll, Mallory Daley and fellow members of CPSA at our State Capitol Legislative Office Building to help oppose this dangerous legislation.

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