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Gov. Malloy’s Budget: Make Liquor Cheap and Guns Expensive

February 21, 2017 By Staff
Gov. Malloy’s Budget: Make Liquor Cheap and Guns Expensive

Gov. Malloy has chosen to make easy targets of his political opponents.

Gov. Malloy’s controversial proposed budget not only outlines the governor’s priorities, but also picks winners and losers.

Malloy’s priority seems to be making liquor cheap while making gun ownership expensive. Malloy submitted proposal hopes to eliminate minimum price laws on alcohol. The proposal would be a huge win for chain stores and large retailers, at the cost to ‘mom & pop’ local package stores:

Independent liquor stores have opposed repealing the law in the past, saying they need the minimum pricing laws so they can compete with big box stores and stay in business.

This latest scheme comes after Gov. Malloy’s budget called for “quadrupling gun permit fees.” The proposal even earned some national attention. The 428% hike for gun permits could hurt gun sales, and if passed could make gun ownership, a constitutionally protected right, a luxury only for the elite in the Constitution State:

For prospective gun buyers, the costs related to purchasing a weapon could be daunting. In addition to the proposed $300 five year permit fee, a resident would have to pay for a background check, a pistol safety course, and a local registration. All in, those fees could exceed $500.

While Connecticut faces a $1.7 billion dollar budget deficit, Gov. Malloy has chosen to make easy targets of his political opponents. Malloy hinges his budget on “new revenues” and yet-to-be-negotiated labor savings. However, he could leave Connecticut’s gun owners and small business owners footing the bill, rather than making more fundamental reforms.