Sunday liquor sales: The little bill that can’t

If government was all about the will of the people, you’d be able to buy booze on Sunday in Minnesota.

A release of polling data today by Public Policy Polling shows the bill that can’t ever get out of the starting gate at the Capitol, is the one that unites DFLers and Republicans.

Overall, the poll showed more than 60 percent of those surveyed, support being able to buy alcohol on Sunday, a practice presently prohibited.

The crosstabs show that very liberal, somewhat liberal, and somewhat conservative people overwhelmingly support the concept, and even half of the very conservative respondents thought it a good idea.


It also provided common ground by race.


And age.


And gender.


Here’s the entire poll.

  • David

    If government were the will of the people then the War on Drugs would be over or at least radically different, we wouldn’t be bombing half of the planet, some meaningful gun regulation would have passed, the list goes on an on.

    Then again, corporations are people too.

  • Aaron

    Imagine all the revenue the state would garnish if they opened up sunday sales. A large portion of the Minnesota Population is on the border. What’s even more silly is that the bars are open on sunday, but liquor stores are not.

  • Chris

    The lack of Sunday car sales is an irritation, too. Are there any other taboo Sunday purchases?

  • Josh D.

    When I moved here from Wisconsin, I was aghast at the blue laws when I first arrived, (who knew such a thing even existed!?) but after having spent almost 10 years in the liquor retail business, I’ve found there are some compelling reasons to keep things exactly as they are. (This is for arguments sake, I personally am on the fence and think each side has a good argument and I’ve since moved on from the industry).

    Reason to keep sales only Mon-Sat:

    Border sales are likely marginal on a statewide level. Sure, if you live in Stillwater, Duluth, or Morris, along with some adventurous college students from the cities you likely make the trip across the border pretty often, but for most of the state’s residents you just don’t buy alcohol on Sundays, you stock up on Saturday if you so desire a drink on Sunday. So while liquor stores would likely see an increase in sales, its doubtful it would match the overhead increase that would come with being open that extra day.

    Also, its nice for some folks in retail to at least be able to count on one day off no matter what, being they are often required to work most evenings, every weekend, and almost every holiday. Liquor store jobs also tend to be a little better paying that other retail jobs, this could decrease if the stores had to absorb the higher overhead.

    Many liquor stores are also small businesses, family or municipal owned, and larger businesses would be better able to absorb the lower profits, possibly putting the smaller shops out of business.

    So I guess my point is that its better for the industry to leave things as they are, and the consumer is accustomed to it, so why change? I think the greatest inconvenience is for travelers unaccustomed to the laws, but they’re certainly welcome to stop in a restaurant or pub if they’d like.

  • Jerry M

    It is foolish to allow religious based restrictions on store openings and closings remain.

  • Charles R.

    [personal insult removed]

    Keep in the way things are, “just because”?

    To hell with that.

    It’s a pain in the rear as a consumer… Stores are not there for their own convenience, they are there for the customers’ convenience.

    Screw the whole “Sunday is a day of God, so we can’t sell”. If they don’t want to be bothered by opening on Sunday, they don’t HAVE TO. But why in the hell is there a law which does not ALLOW a store to be open on Sunday? That’s just ludicrous.

    The customers want it, the law banning Sunday sales should be abolished. That’s it.

    Don’t want to be open on Sundays? Boo Hoo. Don’t open on Sunday. Check how well your sales are doing while others are selling to consumers on that day. Decide for yourself, then, how good of an idea it was to take the day off.

  • XPK

    Couldn’t stores just do limited hours on Sundays if they didn’t want to be open the whole day? Maybe just be open from 10 to 2 or noon to 4 so workers could still have something resembling a day off and patrons could still pick up some alcohol.