Minnesota would generate a projected $10.8 to $15.1 million in new tax revenues from Sunday sale of beverage alcohol.
When Colorado passed Sunday beer sales the increased revenue was credited with bringing liquor stores through tough economic conditions.
Jeanne McEvoy, President/CEO of the Colorado Licensed Beverage Association, said that despite the tough economy, liquor store sales have been resilient and Sunday sales have been key to that success: ���Even in terrible economic conditions, Sunday alcohol sales have turned out to be a huge success for both retailers and the state treasury.”
– Nightclub & Bar, October 22, 2009
Other states have profited from rolling back blue laws.
A study of the sales figures would eventually conclude that being open on Sunday increased sales far in excess of the additional staffing costs. At the outset of the program, the Washington Liquor Control Board staff estimated that it would see increased sales worth $9.55 million in the first two years of Sunday sales, while increased staffing and store costs were estimated at $1.43 million. The actual increase in sales among those in the program over the first two years: $18.5 million.
– Why one of the most popular arguments against Sunday liquor sales is bunk – MinnPost, January 23, 2015
Sunday Sales: A Commercial and Social Success