SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – There’s a battle brewing at the State House over the amount of liquor licenses each city can have.
Governor Deval Patrick proposed lifting the local cap on liquor licenses. Currently, cities and towns have a maximum number of liquor licenses they can give out to bars or package stores.
These licenses are expensive. More than a dozen mayors and city leaders are trying to block this proposal to protect their established local businesses.
Manish Patel, the owner of Cabot Liquors, said, “There are already enough licenses out there and it would definitely affect us dramatically especially if a big and large store opens up nearby.”
The Governor’s proposal did not make it into the House economic development package. State senators are currently working on their own version.