Liberty for Liquor Stores

Two state lawmakers are pushing for economic liberty, although it may surprise you to know they aren’t the usual suspects. State Rep. Senfronia Thompson and State Sen. Juan Hinojosa want to make it legal for Texans to buy and sell liquor on Sundays.


Whatever is motivating two liberal Democratic legislators (more sales and alcohol tax revenue perhaps?), it still should garner support from anyone supporting economic liberty.

Critics of past proposals like HB 421 and SB 236 often point to anecdotes about liquor store owners’ ambivalence to being open on Sunday, often because of added overhead. But that’s exactly what the free market is able to solve!

If there’s sufficient demand, liquor stores should be able to sell their products on Sunday like any other store. (At the very least, why can’t they sell beer and wine like grocery stores can?) If there isn’t sufficient demand, they won’t open on Sundays. It’s that simple.

It’s not often Democrats get behind such a straightforward proposal to expand liberty. Cheers to them when they do.

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Dustin Matocha is the Executive Director of Empower Texans / Texans for Fiscal Responsibility. Dustin graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BBA in Management, a BA in Government, and a minor in Marketing. He’s a self-described Corvette enthusiast, baseball purist, tech geek and growing connoisseur of local craft beer.

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