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Statement from IABR

Monday, October 23, 2017  
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INDIANAPOLIS (Oct. 22, 2017) - The Indiana Association of Beverage Retailers has released the statement below following a series of articles printed by the Indianapolis Star.


"The Indianapolis Star has spent months digging, requesting information and interviewing in the hopes of advancing their agenda to impugn Indiana’s small business package liquor store owners and legislators. The package liquor store owners have cooperated at every turn.


In the end they breathlessly reported what we already know - that Indiana’s small business package liquor store owners are effective because they are hardworking underdogs who must wake up every day knowing that big oil and some of the globes largest companies are intent on destroying their business and livelihood to increase their profits.


Indiana’s small business package liquor stores have paid handsomely for the privilege to sell a dangerous product like alcohol that can destroy lives, families and communities. We need safe and strong regulations to ensure that they do not get into the wrong hands. That is why we are subject to strict regulations including not allowing those under 21 into our stores and having specially trained and licensed clerks. Package liquor store permits often cost over $400,000 compared to just $500 or $1000 for other permits.


We remain committed to working with all stakeholders who are willing to come to the table to deliver the results that Hoosiers deserve. This includes a path forward on allowing Sunday sales for the first time since prohibition and tripling the penalties on serving alcohol to a minor. We are eager to get to work."

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