Gov. Malloy looks to overturn CT's minimum bottle pricing law

The state's minimum bottle pricing law sets what Connecticut store owners can charge for alcohol.

The state's minimum bottle pricing law sets what Connecticut store owners can charge for alcohol. (2/21/17)

NORWALK - Gov. Dannel Malloy is again attempting to overturn the state's minimum bottle pricing law, and his latest proposal went before a legislative committee Tuesday in Hartford.

The current law is designed to protect mom-and-pop shops against industry giants by requiring retailers to charge a minimum price for their alcohol products that must be above the wholesale price.

The owner of Rival & Friends Liquor Store in Norwalk says that it will be tough for local package stores if the governor's proposal is passed. He tells News 12 that independent stores need minimum pricing laws so that they can compete with big-box stores and stay in business.

Malloy's office says Connecticut is the only state with such a law, and it forces prices higher than prices for the same products in other states. That means residents often pay higher prices, but some also drive across state lines to make purchases, depriving local stores of business.

An ad from a Massachusetts chain that was published in a Hartford paper last year compared prices and urged people to "drive for savings."

Government officials also testified Tuesday that some protections would still remain in place for small-package stores.

Total Wine & More, which has stores in Norwalk and Milford, released a statement on the issue that says, "We agree with Gov. Malloy that keeping prices of wine & spirits artificially high, for the benefit of 1,100 package store owners, while the state is making difficult cuts to balance the budget is wrong and should be rectified by the legislature this year."

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