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Connecticut’s prohibition on Sunday liquor sales is under fire as the state tries to find new sources of revenue. As WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports a new study shows that lifting the ban may yield millions of dollars in new tax revenue.

Connecticut is one of only three states that still bans the sale of alcohol in retail stores on Sundays – and it’s the only one in New England. The law divides package store owners, some of whom don’t want the extra expense of opening on Sunday. But many in border towns say their business is disappearing over state lines. Dominic Alaimo owns a package store in Enfield – he told a public hearing before the Program Review and Investigations Committee that the state is losing out.

The committee has commissioned the report that looks at the fiscal effects of selling alcohol on Sundays – the study predicts that repealing the law could mean an extra $8 million in tax revenues each year. But supporters of the law say the possibility of increased crime, drunk driving and other social problems outweigh the fiscal benefits to the state.

For WNPR, I'm Harriet Jones.