Some interesting questions are brought up by a friend of mine on her weekly email from a liquor store where she is one of the owners.
From her email:
“Dan Paquette, co-owner of Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project, let loose a Twitter rant. In dozens of tweets, he went to town on ‘pay to play’ in Massachusetts bars, restaurants, and stores. From “ever walked into a bar and wondered why they don’t serve local beer?”, to ” Do you know a bar that takes money for their draft lines? .. Restaurant wine lists are purchased, by a winery or distributor. Retail ‘end-caps (i.e. prime display space) are reserved- for a fee. Distributors and suppliers pony up cash or expensive equipment. Retailers and restaurateurs agree to feature certain products and exclude certain others. And while all of these practices are technically illegal in MA, the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC) hasn’t brought one charge in over 15 years.”
“After a recent report showed that MA has the fifth-lowest ratio of enforcement agents to licensees in the country, State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg asked for a substantial increase to the ABCC budget. Governor Baker is on record as opposing this request.”
So we have laws that we cannot enforce because we can’t fund the labor costs involved and when State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg requests funds to enforce the law, Governor Baker says “nope”?