Liquor-store owners to protest beer bill

June 6, 2009 6:43:54 PM PDT
Liquor-store owners are preparing to fight a bill that would allow supermarkets in Delaware to sell beer and wine. They claim the measure would cost more in lost jobs and taxes than it would raise in new revenue.

Democratic state Rep. John Viola says the legislation could raise up to $10 million in its first year because it would require supermarkets to pay a $100,000 license fee.

But package store owners say that estimate is inflated, and they say the proposal would have a ripple effect throughout the state's economy by causing small businesses to fold.

The bill has caught the attention of the Asian-American Business Association, which played a big role in killing similar legislation in 2006. Members are planning to travel to Dover to voice their concerns.

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Information from: The (Wilmington, Del.) News Journal, http://www.delawareonline.com

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