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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 04/24/2012

Graham’s pragmatic reversal on Sunday liquor sales

Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) is faced with a quandary — he doesn’t like Mayor Vince Gray’s proposal to allow bars to stay open an extra hour, but if he wants to strip it from the 2013 budget, he needs to find some other way to make up for the money that the extended hours would bring into city coffers. He may have found a solution, though.

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.

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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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