Sen. Roger Reinert, DFL-Duluth, is the latest politician to try to repeal Minnesota’s so-called Blue Law that bans the sale of liquor on Sundays. Reinert said the out dated law puts the state at an economic disadvantage, especially with towns near the Wisconsin border.
“Wisconsin already got a win with the Packers going to the Super Bowl, why give them another win with Minnesota tax dollars?” Reinert said in a release.
A study done by the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (so take that for what it’s worth) determined that purchases made by Minnesotans driving to the Dairy State make up nearly 4 percent of Wisconsin’s taxed liquor sales each year. The bill would allow stores who want to stay closed on Sundays to remain closed, but give others the choice to open, Reinert said.
Minnesota is one of 14 states that forbids liquor sales on Sunday.
“Sunday liquor sale laws are remnants of a bygone era that no longer make sense in a 21st Century world,” Reinert said.