Graham’s pragmatic reversal on Sunday liquor sales

April 24, 2012

The Post reports that Graham is considering replacing the extended bar hours — under Gray’s proposal, bars would be able to stay open until 3 a.m. on weekdays and 4 a.m. on weekends — with Sunday liquor sales, which are currently forbidden:

D.C. Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) said today he is likely to recommend allowing Sunday sales for holders of Class A (liquor store) licenses as part of the city budget. The additional $710,000 in sales tax revenue that would be generated by dropping the restriction would go some way toward the $3.2 million Graham needs to find to kill Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s proposal to extend bar hours as late as 4 a.m.

If Graham’s substitute came to pass, the city’s booze retailers would be the big winners in this year’s budget — Gray’s 2013 spending plan already includes a provision allowing supermarkets, corner stores and liquor stores to open two hours earlier than they’re currently allowed to.

[Continue reading Martin Austermuhle’s post at DCist.com.]

Martin Austermuhle blogs at DCist . The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

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