Reality Check: The Impact Of Sunday Liquor Sales

March 8, 2018



MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Sunday liquor sales are now a part of Minnesota’s weekend life.


Sunday beer runs were made legal last summer for the first time in state history.


“We’ve been hearing loud and clear from our constituents that it’s time to get this done,” said Sen. Jeremy Miller, (R) Winona, who wrote the bill.


So what’s the impact?


We asked the Minnesota Department of Revenue to crunch the numbers for us. The Department calculated alcohol excise taxes for calendar year 2017, compared to previous years. It found only a modest increase in alcohol sales since Sunday liquor went online.


Here are the numbers, as prepared by the Revenue Department:


Calendar year alcohol excise taxes, in thousands.


Year                       Tax Revenue              Change
CY2017               90,190                          +1.9 percent
CY2016               88,490                         +3.5 percent
CY2015               85,519


The Department said impacts of the law change may vary based on the individual business or area.


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