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Malloy calls for changing Connecticut liquor pricing

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Lawmakers are considering a bill proposed by Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s administration that would change how liquor is priced for retail sales in Connecticut. Current law states that no retail permit holder can sell liquor at a price below cost. But William Rubenstein, Department of Consumer Protection commissioner, told members of the Legislature’s General Law Committee Tuesday that cost includes a separate ‘‘bottle price’’ that is set by the wholesalers each month. Malloy’s bill would set the minimum allowable retail price at the actual cost paid by retailers for each bottle, plus shipping and delivery costs.

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