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TX Sunday liquor sales considered to help with budget shortfall

Thursday, January 20, 2011 - 2:39pm

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 $7 million 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.

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