Updated Tuesday at 2:45
Jess gave us the heads-up this afternoon that David Paterson's proposed budget would also open the way for supermarkets in New York State to sell wine. From a story in the Poughkeepsie Journal:
"We will create a spike in the sale of wine," especially New York wine, Patrick Hooker, the state's agriculture commissioner, said in an interview with Gannett News Service.
Wegmans, a leading upstate supermarket chain, applauded Paterson's plan Monday, saying the law is long overdue.
"We love the idea of supermarkets being allowed to sell wine," said spokeswoman Jeanne Colleluori. "We have supported this idea for decades because we believe it's a great service to the customers."
But liquor stores were quick to criticize the proposal, saying it would lead stores to close and therefore damage the local economy.
And as Jess points out, this could also open the way for more Trader Joe's in New York because the chain does a lot of business selling its discount wines.
But there's a bit of a catch, too: the budget would also more than double the tax on wine.
One more thing: in a little bit of an odd twist, the Paterson admin is sort of now telling people to stop drinking soda and start drinking wine. Sort of.
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