|Abolish the Liquor Control Commission
Why do we need a Liquor
Control Commission? We don't have a Tobacco Control Commission or a Automobile
Control Commission. When a government shutdown was threatened in September 2007
due to the Legislature's failure to pass a budget, one of the predicted effects
was that there would be no distribution of packaged liquor. Why do stores depend
on the State to deliver liquor?
Michigan Liquor Control
is in the Department of Labor and Economic Growth (DL&EG). A "General
Overview" of the MLCC's history and responsibilities is on the DL&EG
website. The following responsibilities are listed:
Being the sole wholesaler
for all spirit products in the state.
Why have just one wholesaler? Why not privatize this
function and allow restaurants, bars and stores to buy from whoever
gives them the best deal? We might possibly see a reduction in prices.
The licensing of the
manufacture and sale of all beer, wine, distilled spirits, and mixed spirit
drinks in Michigan.
Is licensing really necessary? If so, couldn't the
manufacturer be licensed by local health departments and the sale by the
Department of Agriculture, which already licenses food establishments?
The enforcement of the
state's liquor laws and the rules of the Commission.
The Overview says
this is a joint effort with local and state law enforcement officers.
Couldn't it be left entirely to local and state police?
The adjudication of all
administrative liquor law violations.
Couldn't this be left to the courts?
Couldn't this be handled by the Department of
Treasury, the tax experts?
The Mackinac Center for Public Policy
has had several stories on this issue.