Keep Liquor Stores in New York in Business!

In an attempt to raise money to close the state's deficit, Gov. Patterson has proposed allowing supermarkets to sell wine. His plan is to raise $105 million in licensing fees although I believe he neglects to consider the amount of jobs that will be lost; the amount of mom and pop stores that will go under and the amount in licensing fees that will be lost from the rest of the failing liquor businesses. Not only will this be bad for businesses but the consumer will also be hurt. The variety of wines will surely become limited to products that are 'popular' and 'best-selling' Also, aside from limited selection, price increases are likely to occur as well. Please stop this bill from being passed, our economy is bad enough without New Yorkers having to suffer more job losses.

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