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Sunday sales law passed without data

Diana Urban Stonington Editor's note: The letter writer is the state representative for the 43rd District of North Stonington and Stonington.

Publication: The Day

Published 03/05/2013 12:00 AM
Updated 03/04/2013 04:59 PM

I read with interest the article, "While grocers thrive, package stores wither under new Sunday sales law," (Feb. 24), after nine months of having the law in place. Data indicates that it is a winner for supermarkets and in most cases a loser for our small mom-and-pop stores. Even that data is suspect as the numbers are not adjusted for increase in price. It is clear, however, that because of lack of sales small liquor stores are re-evaluating opening Sundays.

My training is in economics and I repeatedly asked for an analysis of Sunday sales so legislators could make accurate projections of the actual demand for liquor on Sunday. I never received those numbers. It just made sense to people that opening one more day would increase sales. That is why economics can actually be fun as you can debunk what seems so obvious and save yourself from making a decision for the wrong reasons.

Sure it is nice for the consumer who forgot to get some beer for the game and can pop in Sunday and grab some. Unfortunately they are going to the grocery store and not to our small liquor stores. A little attention to the "dismal science" would have told us that.

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