Mike DeBonis reports:

D.C. Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) said today he is likely to recommend allowing Sunday sales for holders of Class A (liquor store) licenses as part of the city budget. The additional $710,000 in sales tax revenue that would be generated by dropping the restriction would go some way toward the $3.2 million Graham needs to find to kill Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s proposal to extend bar hours as late as 4 a.m.

Not being able to buy hard liquor on Sundays is a minor annoyance, but when push comes to shove, we’d rather have later bar hours. And even if sales were allowed on Sundays, there’s no guarantee liquor stores would start selling. Back in January, Aaron Morrissey pondered whether D.C. would ever overturn the “blue laws.” He noted that the cost of being open on Sundays could outweigh the profit for the mom-and-pop stores.

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