Our incredible shrinking Governor, Sonny Perdue, continues to maintain his staunch opposition to any Sunday Sales (from package stores) legislation. Even where such legislation would leave it up to individual counties to decide their own position, he would prefer the course against the tide of freedom and an electorate making responsible decisions for how they would want to live within their own county.
Take three towns, for example, that recognize the tax base benefit of increased sales availability for alcohol.
First, we have the continuing battle in Snellville over Sunday sales in restaurants, as Buzz has noted. Set aside the issue of the legality of the moves made by the City Counsel and note the reasons for why Snellville’s leaders want to make this move.
They know that it is good for jobs, local business and all important tax revenue. They want to improve their city. And it looks like the voters there will soon have that choice to make a decision if they want a pizza joint to be able to serve someone a beer on Sunday.
Throughout the year, Mayor David Brock had repeatedly discussed the ordinance with the town council, debating whether bringing alcohol to Carl might increase the likelihood of businesses coming into the town.
Brock spoke about how allowing alcohol might encourage businesses to enter its downtown area.
“I’m not much of a drinker myself, but I’d hate to see the city lose the revenue,” he said
Ultimately, the choice was given to the town’s residents, and with a total of 36 votes, with 26 yesses, residents passed the only item on the town’s ballot.
Carl is sandwiched between Winder and Auburn, both of which allow drinks to be poured by the glass in establishments.
Now, an important note here. In both Snellville and Carl, we’re dealing with by-the-glass sales versus package sales. But the point is the same. Before 2010, Carl didn’t want by-the-glass sales. Now they do. And the decision was made by a vote of the people.
At the Jenkinsburg City Council’s first meeting of the year, Mayor Kenneth Rooks held a brief discussion with the council about the possibility of selling distilled spirits within the city limits.
The council said it would get the public’s view on the issue when the Jenkinsburg Superette applied for its license.
“Allowing the sale of distilled spirits in the city limits is a great way to generate revenue for our city,” said Mayor Rooks. “It would be a step out of hicksville for Jenkinsburg.”
The mayor noted that a liquor store just across the Butts County line is enjoying revenue from Butts Countians who purchase products there.
Snellville, Carl and Jenkinsburg are considering the way they do business. And maybe they want to consider if they desire their liquor stores to be open on Sunday. Maybe they don’t. But that’s the point…they should have the option to make that decision themselves and not precluded from doing so by fiat from the Governor’s empty bar cabinet on West Paces Ferry Road in Atlanta.
Let’s also review what the public thinks about this issue that has come up several times in the General Assembly:
A poll by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution found that over two-thirds of respondents across the state favor ending the prohibition, a proportion that rises to 80% in metropolitan Atlanta.
Further, studies have shown that lifting sales prohibitions helps lower traffic fatalities and accidents.
All Georgia wants is the opportunity for local communities and counties to have a say on if they will allow Sunday sales from package stores. It’s good for the economy. It’s good for local business and jobs. It’s pretty much good for everyone, even this guy.
“You can’t do government by referendum.”
The real reason is that he doesn’t drink and he is proud of it and he won’t leave you with the freedom to make choices for yourself.
It’s all about Sonny Perdue and we are just living in his world.
Sonny Perdue talks a good game, when necessary, about freedom and liberty, but it is under his watch the budget of the State has grown and grown and grown (necessitating urgent cuts now). Under his watch a new flavor of cronyism has blossomed. Under his watch the light of individualism has dimmed.
We’ve had seven years of leadership under Sonny Perdue and what will he be remembered for? This.
That isn’t leadership. That’s arrogance. An arrogance to think that we are merely living in his world.
Perdue wants you to think he is a true blue CONSERVATIVE! Expect he isn’t.
And he wants you to know he wants smaller budgets and less government! Expect he doesn’t.
And he wants people to be able to make decisions for their own community on the lowest possible level of government. Except he won’t let them.
Our Governor should take a clue from the populist position of King Roy. He’d sign the legislation and give the people an opportunity to decide themselves on this issue. Why won’t our allegedly conservative Governor?