The state's costly blue law

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  • Updated: January 31, 2010 - 5:45 PM

THE COSTLY BLUE LAW The Sunday ban on liquor sales costs state an estimated $10 million

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ebfauvelJan. 31, 10 6:49 PM

...they should also repeal the law against selling cars on Sundays. Both laws are irrational.

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davehougJan. 31, 10 7:51 PM

Ummm, execuse me, those who want alcohol haven't been buying 6 days a week??? I wonder how many who wanted to drink on Sunday slapped themselves on the forehead and said "If only the law were changed, I could have a drink". = = OR = = they went ahead and drank the other 6 days. Put it to a referendum or just vote it up or down, but don't plan on a windfall.

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guernzJan. 31, 10 9:24 PM

....to peddle booze on Sundays!!!!

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hahaha99Feb. 1, 10 7:18 AM

As one who was in the business for over 9 years, I can tell you this won't happen anytime soon. In the mid-1990's, an effort was made to repleal this law. The effort failed because the dealerships and most of their employees opposed any change. Sunday is the one day of the week they know they have off. And opening on Sundays will not appreciably increase sales, but will definately increase overhead. You should also count your blessings. In some states, Michigan is a good example, most dealerships are open only 1 or 2 nights a week (not 5 nights as here in MN) and don't open on either Saturday or Sunday.

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editor25Feb. 1, 10 8:16 AM

The laws prohibiting car sales on Sundays are the product of car dealer lobbying. Most working people only have two days off a week- Saturday and Sunday. By prohibiting sales on Sunday the law prevents more shopping by consumers.

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wakeupmplsFeb. 1, 10 8:27 AM

I think that selling cars on Sunday is allowed but no dealerships do it. I thought it changed in the 90's.

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paige7Feb. 1, 10 9:16 AM

@davehoug there would be some increase in sales. I've had it happen several times where it would have been great to pick up a bottle of wine to serve with dinner on a Sunday, but I hadn't planned ahead. On those occasions, there would have been another sale. Whist on this topic, we need to expand wine sales to grocery stores, too.

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balderdashedFeb. 1, 10 9:47 AM

I agree that Minnesota should allow liquor sales on Sunday, and in grocery stores as well. But the argument that changing the law "would not force any store owner to open" and "would give small-business owners who want to open on Sundays the choice" is a bit disingenuous. The fact is, if we allow retail liquor sales on Sunday, that will be an easy and potentially profitable transition for large, chain merchants, especially those who are already open and selling other goods on Sunday. But the little "Mom and Pop" store down the street, where the owner may already be working six days a week, will likely lose at least some sales unless it opens on Sunday, too. If that Mom and Pop store is already struggling, its "choice" may be between opening on Sunday or shutting its doors. To be honest, I'm not all that worried about the little liquor store down the street -- I want selection and low price, and if Mom and Pop can't compete, they shouldn't have a blue (or any other) law to help keep them afloat. In my view, government has no business subsidizing inefficiency, nostalgia -- or somebody else's outdated notion of what should be permissible on a Sunday.

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hahaha99Feb. 1, 1011:26 AM

Dealerships are not allowed to open on Sunday...Minnesota Statute 168.275.

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notmetooFeb. 1, 1012:11 PM

I hope they never open car dealerships on Sundays. It's the one day of the week I can look around the lot in peace, without being assaulted by tin-men.

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