Municipal liquor profits rise, helping cities' bottom lines

  • Article by: Susan Feyder , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 27, 2014 - 9:09 PM

Metro-area outlets had good profits in 2012 despite pressure from private competitors at nearby stores.

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fatredneckJan. 27, 14 9:05 PM

Just *imagine* their profits if they could sell Marijuana.

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dtmonkeyboyJan. 27, 14 9:12 PM

It is funny how conservative suburbs seem to be so anti-free enterprise. Why in the world are these cities preventing the free market and socializing retail?

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karb0013Jan. 27, 1410:00 PM

So they admit that they actually had to give an effort at try because of competition from private business? Imagine what the taxpayer or consumer would get in a free market?

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pattyzanJan. 27, 1410:50 PM

Should help the DWI industry for the cities finest!!

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regexpJan. 27, 1411:14 PM

Doesn't negate the fact that local governments shouldn't be in this business. But i'm sure "small government republicans" will come up with a thousands reasons why government needs to be in this space.

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thefalconJan. 28, 14 1:41 AM

I only go to private stores. I would never give them more tax money then they deserve.

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comment229Jan. 28, 14 5:48 AM

When I read the article, I kind of shook my head. This all may be true in some municipalities, but in rural America, I know more towns that tried to unsuccessfully get out of the business that was losing money, and then closing up the building when they could not sell it. And I suggest the author of this article, contact every small town mayor who has a municipal liquor store and ask about the problems associated with it and do a sequel to this story.

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ginobambinoJan. 28, 14 7:39 AM

Can you publish the results of the other municipals? Eden Prairie etc?

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EleanoreJan. 28, 14 7:52 AM

And yet, this is not the responsibility or authority of government to tax or spend on. It is not reasonable. This should be in the private sector.

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jackpinesavJan. 28, 14 8:14 AM

Free markets are today working well in the propane industry, aren't they? As long as taxes are grimaced at like child sex abuse, local govt needs to find revenue. Or maybe we could buy plows with bake sale receipts or fix potholes with community garage sale revenue. And many rural small communities need liquor store sales to pay the bills; I live in one up north. Simple solutions are usually not either one.

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