Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Gov. Patrick Proposes to Lift Cap on Liquor Licenses Throughout the State

It looks like the cap on liquor licenses in cities and towns across the state could be disappearing if the governor gets his way.

According to an article within the site, Gov. Deval Patrick is proposing to get rid of the cap on licenses, with the plan apparently being set forth to make it easier for restaurants and liquor stores to open in communities throughout Massachusetts--and also to compete better with neighboring states. The post says that the proposal--which is part of an economic development bill--would turn over full control of the licensing process to local officials.

The article mentions that the proposal was discussed yesterday, with mayors, selectmen, and other local officials meeting with the governor's administration to talk about the plan as well as other budgetary and issues concerning the state.



Blogger Richard Auffrey said...

This is similar to what the Governor previously proposed back in 2009. It is curious whether matters have changed sufficiently for the proposal to get passed this time. And the Governor's proposal won't compensate existing restaurant liquor license holders for the fact their asset will drop dramatically in value. So it would financially hurt 1000 existing businesses in Boston.

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