POSTED: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 - 1:28pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, January 25, 2011 - 9:14am
TEXAS-- As Texas faces a nearly $25 billion dollar budget shortfall, lawmakers have several proposals to fill the gap. Some include draining the rainy day fund, increasing traffic fines, and even improving food safety. But another proposal is making one East Texas liquor store owner cross his fingers
On any given Sunday in Texas, you can get beer and wine at grocery stores, and you can even get liquor in bars and restaurants. If you go to the liquor store, however, it's going to be closed.
Texas is one of fourteen states that bans hard liquor sales on Sundays, but some state lawmakers say getting rid of the ban could bring in more than $7million in the midst of a multi-billion dollar budget shortfall.
Brad Carr--owner of Big Foot Liquor in Coffee City--says selling on Sundays won't increase sales--it'll only spread them out. Carr says, "You want to open on Sunday? Open on Sunday. Am I going to open on Sunday? No, I'm gonna be at home with my family."
Right now, state law only allows liquor stores like Carr's to be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Carr says, "if you're gonna talk about extending the hours, why not go after nine o'clock instead of changing something that's been this way forever."
But some East Texans say if the state is desperate for cash, Sunday liquor is worth a shot.
TEXAS-- - In a $25 billion budget shortfall, Texas lawmakers are looking at several ways to get out of the hole. One item to discuss--getting rid of the state's ban on Sunday liquor sales. They say this would increase revenue from state alcohol and sales taxes by $7.4 million. Texas is one of 14 states that don't allow hard liquor sales on Sundays.
Coming up tonight at five, KETK talks with a liquor store owner in Coffee City, and he tells us why he does not want the ban to pass.