Conservatives' Plan to Close Budget Gap: Sell Liquor on Sundays!!

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Drink up and close that budget gap
The conservative-dominated Texas House has come out with its plan on how to close the state's massive budget gap, and it's not just full of silly stuff like "make state employees pay for parking."

Although that is part of the plan.

No, the conservatives who decry every sin someone else commits have a bold proposal: Open up Texas liquor stores on Sunday.

And then encourage residents to drink their asses off so tax revenue will rise, we guess.

Opening liquor stores on Sunday will not only have the benefit of creating more drunk Texans, it will funnel $7.4 million in taxes to the state government.

And that's $7.4 million using current estimates of liquor sales. Imagine if the Texans have another Kubiak Special of a season -- fans are going to need a whole lot of vodka and Jameson's to erase the memories each week.

And now doing so will help Texas! And conservatives!!

Texas, by the way, is one of only 14 states that do not allow liquor stores to be open on Sundays.

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JustJo
JustJo

Some people sound like a fresh 21 year old college student. People have six days a week, Texas deciding to put one aside for the Lord does no harm. Saying it will help the budget does not mean it will help the morality of people. Most people that want liquor bad enough on Sunday stock up before hand anyways. Lastly, this has obviously not been thought through clearly enough. Anyone who drinks liquor knows it is well know to make you act stupid an;therefore, I do believe more people will end up behind bars, who funds jails? Think it through this helps no one, beside the rapid growing group of alcoholics, and of course belligerent minors.

Mydivas
Mydivas

OMG... to help with the budget and to increase drunk driver, I don't think so "No" "No" liquor store opens on Sunday

Skmoore
Skmoore

This is a stupid idea. People won't spend more money on liquor because the stores sell on Sundays. This will just spread liquor sales over seven days instead of six. This will give an advantage to big box retailers like Costco and Sam's who are already open for business on Sundays. Smaller stores and local chains like Spec's will be forced to start opening on Sundays, which will cost them more payroll, but not generate more sales each week. Saying it will increase taxes is a lie.

Adam Torres
Adam Torres

Woohoo! $7.4 million down and only $26.992 billion to go.

Gaspar Ramsey
Gaspar Ramsey

I say legalize prostitution and put the Legislature's wives and daughters to work.

PurpleAardvaark
PurpleAardvaark

This is going to raise enough extra revenue to cover the cost of Icky Ricky's temporary housing. But not much more.

Gary Packwood
Gary Packwood

Sunday Sales?

Where in the hell is Marvin (slim in the ice machine) Zindler when you need him?

Rodrio1
Rodrio1

Turn the Astrodome into a Casino/Hotel..all problems solved!

Chef504
Chef504

Oh sweet jesus it's about freaking time Texas came ambling out of the dark ages of moral pushiness. Coming from Louisiana, New Orleans to be exact. It was a shock to find out that Texas, the cowboy, rough and tough don't take no shit from anyone state pandered to morality laws seemingly set by a church lady. I miss the opportunity to buy liquor 24 hrs a day 7 days a week from anywhere. Yes, thats right you can go down to the bodega get smokes, a po-boy, milk and yes that evil fire water anytime you , as an adult wants to. I can't wait for the disbandment of the TABC. A real burr in the heal of Texas. If Texas wold just allow casinos then it would be on it's way to being that great place it use to be before religion got in the way of forward progress. I wish people would remember that religion is a hobby granted it has become a group hobby, but a hobby just the same. It has no business creeping into government.

Evan
Evan

I, for one, support this agenda.

Grant
Grant

DC doesn't allow liqour stores to be open on Sundays either and they're hardly conservative there...

Watchoosay2000
Watchoosay2000

you do know liberals are usually the people pushing morality laws, right?*cough* PMRC* coughcough*

Rgwalt
Rgwalt

I'm surprised it took the conservatives to repeal a law that is designed to protect us common folk who don't know any better from the sins of alcohol. Unfortunately, they are doing it to increase revenue instead of personal freedom. But the end result is the same, I will finally have the CHOICE as to whether or not to buy hard alcohol on a Sunday, rather than have a religiously motivated government make the choice for me, for my own good.

To those of you complaining about church and state, or the degredation of society that hard alcohol sales will bring on a Sunday, then why aren't you advocating complete prohibition? Think that will solve all our problems? You can't accept hard alcohol sales 6 days of the week and not the 7th.

Craig
Craig

I will tell you, this law has protected me from myself on more than a few Sunday is fundays.

Craven Moorehead
Craven Moorehead

Only idiots go to casino's (most people lose) thats why they're here in the first place. Liqour stores on open Sunday, won't help at all. I drink everynight at home, I know on Saturday to buy extra. Legalize marijuana now you've got the budget under control.

Bob Chapman
Bob Chapman

This makes it sound like Texans drink so much alcohol in a day now that they can't get through Sunday without buying more.

Is there any evidence that sales rise significantly when a state adds Sunday liquor sales? Or do you have pretty much the same demand spread over 7 days instead of only 6? If it is mostly the same demand, then wouldn't adding the 7th day raise costs to the retail outlets?

Why am I seeing the possibility of no appreciable increase in the money received by the state, as the retail outlets raise prices to cover store costs for the 7th day of sales?

somethingfishie
somethingfishie

Awesome! Now I won't have to rely on cough syrup when the weekend stash of booze runs out on Saturday!

GlenellynJE
GlenellynJE

Oh, perfect, more compassionate conservatism!

I shall use the more readily available Maker's Mark to assuage my stagnant earnings, the cuts in my kids school music program and the state's dwindling mental health programs. During the same buzz, I will come to applaud the clear justice of my neighbor's $3.2 million salary left unmenaced by additional taxes and his estate being passed, minimally taxed, to the two kids I see out my window now returning from an Aspen vacation.

If alcohol can do all this, while striking at the deficit, we should all say 'cheers'!!

Cheers to a newfound separation of state and church!

Jim Porter
Jim Porter

If Specs is open maybe I won't have to drink so much wine at communion.

Gaff in a drunken head act
Gaff in a drunken head act

And what's this going to do to our over-burdened emergency rooms?

One plus: It'll give the death industry new life!!

Mike
Mike

First the blue law repealed, then the lottery and race track betting, now liquor on Sundays. Bring on casino gambling and licensed brothels! i see a surplus in our future.

GlenW
GlenW

Yes, of course, now I realize why Louisiana is like a third world country.

Dustifun1
Dustifun1

The 'church and state' thing was brought up ironically in one comment above, because there was a plank in the 2006 Texas Republican platform to end the 'myth' of separation between church and state. And I'm sure it had its effect, getting votes from the evangelicals.

But, now that these Conservatives can find no way to do the budgetary math without tax increases, they resort to stuff like this, in spite of what was in their platform.

Brittanie Shey
Brittanie Shey

I give you +1 for your user name, but -2 for your horrible punctuation and grammar errors. But then another +1 for your rational argument against the criminalization of marijuana. I am so conflicted.

Kyle
Kyle

There may be some mitigating effect by people buying on other days, but I know that personally there have been Sundays where I have been flipping through a recipe book and I see something that looks awesome and I'm all set to make it before I see that it requires a hard liquor. That's definitely lost revenue for the state.

Kyle
Kyle

Surely you jest. If you don't want people drinking and driving you would support this. As it is they have to go to the bar on Sundays before piling into their car to drive home.

Johnnie-hicks
Johnnie-hicks

what is your problem. everyone has a right to do what they want. as long as you drink and obey the law . NO CASINOS, no hard drinks on sunday .Iam so sick of do gooders . we are adults pay taxes and still have to deal with you people. we want freedom from from your kind of thinking

Mike
Mike

I am for Casinos and liquor on Sunday...you missed the sarcasm.

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