Recession has dimmed most sales, but not booze buys

State tax collections took another double-digit dip in March but one tax is holding up well in the recession: the one for alcoholic beverages.

According to Department of Revenue numbers, taxes paid on alcoholic beverages increased 8 percent in March and are up 1.7 percent for the fiscal year, which ends June 30. In fiscal 2009, the state has collected about $124 million from liquor taxes, up from $122 million during the first nine months of fiscal 2008.

That may not seem like much, but consider that the two biggest categories of taxes – income and sales – are off 8.8 percent and 6.3 percent for the year. Corporate income taxes are off 25.1 percent, and motor fuel taxes more than 10 percent.

Even taxes on tobacco products are down 2.7 percent.

Liquor tax collections are one of the few positives for revenue collections that, in total, are down 8.6 percent this fiscal year.

The revenue department report came out only a few days after the 2009 General Assembly session closed. Late in the session, Senate Republicans blocked a vote on legislation allowing communities to decide whether they want to allow alcoholic beverage sales at stores on Sunday.

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Jesus

April 13th, 2009
12:31 pm

That has got to be the most stupid law in GA. You can’t go to Publix and buy beer/alcohol on Sunday, but you can go to any restaurant and drink. Who cares that its Sunday? People just stock up on Saturday and drink it Sunday, not selling it doesnt stop it from happeneing so why not just sell it and allow the stores to make money?

When will these bible-belt nazi’s retire from the senate?

billy shears

April 13th, 2009
12:39 pm

Jesus, I have to agree. I don’t think evangelicals should be allowed government jobs.

IPA

April 13th, 2009
12:46 pm

I was laid off in early Feb, and I have definitely spent a couple of bummed out days drinking a six pack of Sweetwater or a few Redbull & Vodka drinks.

BadMoJoe

April 13th, 2009
12:50 pm

I agree. They need to worry less about me buying a beer on Sunday and more about paying their own taxes!

Gary

April 13th, 2009
12:54 pm

Everything in life is not about making money. The point is a lot of people don’t drink and I, for one, don’t believe it should be sold on Sundays. Yes, I know people can stock up on other days but it is the principle of the matter!

whiteboy

April 13th, 2009
12:55 pm

I think the resturant owners would suffer on Sunday reciepts may be the reason Sunday alcohol sales hasn’t passed yet. imho

Silence Dogood

April 13th, 2009
12:59 pm

The Christian Taliban in the Senate won’t retire until we vote them out of office.

BadMoJoe

April 13th, 2009
1:01 pm

Gary, how does my buying a beer or a bottle of wine on a Sunday affect you? If you don’t believe in it then don’t buy it but don’t bar me from doing something simply because you don’t believe in it.

Dboy

April 13th, 2009
1:01 pm

Gary, it is your choice not to drink or buy alcohol. It however is not right for folks to use their religion to say folks can not buy on Sunday. That to me is state endorsement of one faith over another.

Leah

April 13th, 2009
1:04 pm

Well, Gary I feel you should be able to vote that alcohol not be sold on Sundays if that is what you believe . . . and I should be able to vote that it can be sold on Sundays. That is all that the General Assembly was being asked to allow, just that local municipalities be given the right to put it to a vote in their respective communities. And this is a democracy last I checked, not a theocracy

Matt

April 13th, 2009
1:05 pm

Gary – what principle? Some people recognize their Sabbath on Saturday. Is your holy day holier than theirs? Ever hear of seperation of church and state? So, someone can drive to a bar, drink and drive home and kill somone along the way but can’t drive to the grocery store, buy a 6-pack and take it back to the safety of his home because of this silly law??? I just don’t get it. We live in a multicultural, diverse community that enjoys a freedom of religion.

JT

April 13th, 2009
1:09 pm

It’s funny how ‘Separation of Church and State’ only applies when the business of a church comes up, but you have people(like the Nat’l Baptist Convention) who bullies and threaten/blackmail politicians into passing such an anitquated law. Talk about HYPOCRITES!!!!!!

Jose

April 13th, 2009
1:10 pm

I am not a drinker or a bible nut but I do believe in Jesus Christ and it is nice to have no alcohol sold on Sunday. I guess, in the old days, this was one way that you can say that you can go to church on Sunday and not get ran over by a drunk driver before that was against the law. You can give it a rest and not drink for one day or buy it for one day out the week. Give you body, soul, and pocket a rest for one day.

Swamp Dog

April 13th, 2009
1:11 pm

I’am glad I live only 2 miles from the Florida state line.I have the best of both states beer sold on sunday and idiots in my capitol.

Biggdawg96

April 13th, 2009
1:15 pm

Gary,

The current law is totally backwards.

As it stands, someone can go to Applebee’s bar drink and get behind a wheel of a car and drive home. Thereby, possibly endangering lives on the way. But, they cannot go buy their drinks and take them home (unintoxicated) and drink.

I underatand your belief and all, but the law should be all or none. Period.

Gary

April 13th, 2009
1:18 pm

Then I choose none. Society is better off without it.

Mike

April 13th, 2009
1:19 pm

Gary, I don’t crink either but all the people on this blog make sense. If you can buy it EVERYWHERE else on Sundays I.E. Sports bars, basketball games, baseball games, fottball games, resturants and so forth. Why not go ahead and sell it? Just like with the stupid Casino idea. Why do just video Poker when craps and blackjack and all the other games would bring millions to the GA revenue. You guys voted perdue in so you reap what you sew.

Melissa

April 13th, 2009
1:23 pm

Ridiculous, stupid, antiquated law. The entire state is hurting because of the recession, and we’re still stuck with these bible-thumper constrictions. And it’s incredibly selfish to impose your personal restrictions on the rest of us simply because you think you’re better. Not everyone belongs to the same religion, get used to it.

ornery

April 13th, 2009
1:23 pm

Christian Taliban.. Nice good and to the point.. I’ve been to locales that have booze on Sunday, no additional fighting or other issues. Considering this whole legislative body is dysfunctional, incompetent and definitely out of touch with “real” Georgians. I advise all to recall your senators and representatives, Austin Scott, Tom Graves, The 2 Chip’s and Vincent Fort/Dubose Porter YOU ARE THE WEAKEST LINKS GOODBYE!! And take “Chicken Man” Perdue with you.

EW

April 13th, 2009
1:24 pm

While I really could give a hoot about the no sale of alcohol by the bottle on Sunday, I understand it. This is the way things have been done here for a long time and well, quite frankly, if you don’t like it get out. You live in a state that by and large doesnt want it, so get over it. While it may be easy for many people to forget, the Atlanta area (the main place that wants this) is not the whole state and for most of us who grew up outside of Atlanta we dont even consider it GA. There are many states that allow bottle sales on Sunday and you would be welcomed to move there. If that’s not an option you should learn to live in the area you are.

tomatoblum@aol.com

April 13th, 2009
1:29 pm

Gary,
What do you drink at Communion Service?

ManOfTeal

April 13th, 2009
1:29 pm

@EW

Just because you’ve always done it that way does not mean that it is not still incredibly stupid…..

ornery

April 13th, 2009
1:31 pm

EW,
Obviously you have not seen the “Blackmarket” for alcohol.. It’s rampant especially in South Georgia.. where the white folks go to the black neighborhoods to get their alcohol.. The fact that the GA and “Gov” do not want the people to decide, shows cowardice, and their just plain stupid side in not able to handle other issues of the day. We need a new political party. Siding with my redneck friends, it should be the “Git R Done” party, one that espouses democracy, common sense, and doing the right thing. Whether it be transportation, health care or booze. If I was governor, I’d bring back a special session and continue til the knuckleheads “git r done”.

Get Real

April 13th, 2009
1:36 pm

EW, then why are you on the AJC blog? Shouldn’t you be reading the Valdosta Daily Times or something? I think even most rural Georgians would enjoy being able to by liquor instead of having to cross state lines like one poster. Based on your view a good compromise would be to let the voters in their respective cities and towns decide, which I think the discussed legislation was intended to do. Even backwoods Alabama has it right, they allow Sunday liquor sales in less than 5 counties throughout the state, and those counties by vote, wanted liquor sold in their jurisdictions.

Decaturman

April 13th, 2009
1:37 pm

I am so tired of always having something come up to do with religion or the Bible or Chrisitianity. This country was founded on separation of church and state. Why is Christianity the only religion that matters? I will be so glad when the people start to understand that your religious beliefs are not the only beliefs. I for one am a nonbeliever but i have to judged and ruled by people who only believe one way. My wanting to drink on a Sunday has nothing to do anyone except for me. Do people think that Sundays are the only days that DUI’s occur? What if you worship on Friday or Saturday? It just shows that old white straight Christian men are the only people who matter in this state. Enough is Enough!!

Big Dave

April 13th, 2009
1:39 pm

I agree with all those comments that say we should be able to buy liquor or beer on Sunday. Lets not forget that this is the United States of America and we should have the right to make our own choices. I don’t want to beat the same drum but it seems more to me that these “religious” types are to ones behind all of these laws. But wait I have been to several parties which the hosts were these holier than now types and they were the first ones to have a drink on Sunday. Freaking hypocrites. Let us choose

BadMoJoe

April 13th, 2009
1:41 pm

The problem here isn’t that alcohol sales are banned, it is that the legislature will not allow it come to a vote. If the majority of citizens vote to keep it banned, then so be it. I believe that if it came to vote we would have Sunday sales

axel

April 13th, 2009
1:41 pm

How do you know this is state “that by and large does not want it” if it is not put to a vote ?

Melissa

April 13th, 2009
1:41 pm

Exactly, Decaturman. You can’t use the DUI excuse on this one. You’d need to ban alcohol altogether.

Jeff

April 13th, 2009
1:42 pm

EW, clearly you do not understand what the Sunday sales legislation involved. It would have allowed communities to decide for themselves, by vote, if they wish to allow alcohol to be sold in their community on Sundays. If the voters in Community X chose not to allow it, there would be no Sunday alcohol sales in Community X. If Community Y votes to allow it, then there wold be Sunday sales in Community Y. That way, each community gets to have their way.

So, those who “by and large” do not want it don’t have to have it, and those who “by and large” DO want it, get to have it.

Why is that a problem?

BadMoJoe

April 13th, 2009
1:45 pm

Christianity should not be the excuse to ban liquor sales on Sunday. The bible does not say to ban sales on sunday.

jltmilaftw

April 13th, 2009
1:46 pm

Well there is a school of thought thst says that when things are bad you might invest in what are sometimes “vice stocks”. They invest in beer, liquor, gambling, casinos and maybe some hotels that might sell porn etc. I’d be curious to see how those stocks are doing.

Mike

April 13th, 2009
1:49 pm

ornery, I’m with you on this and they’re called shot houses, where you can buy either a beer or a shot of alcohol on Sunday. All you have to do is tell somebody they can’t do or have something and soon enough you’ll have someone providing it to them. EW, you’re nuts. Whether you or these other nuts like it or not we’re going to grab you people by the napes of your necks and drag you kicking and screaming into the 21st century. And once we’re able to buy on Sunday if you don’t like it then YOU can get out.

GT

April 13th, 2009
1:50 pm

Legalize drugs. The war is not winning against them and like alcohol it would be a revenue maker instead of a breaker. All the law enforcement, the prisons, the young men and accountable money out of the economic circle, welfare for the families of the men in jail. If we were winning the war go for it, but we are being beat badly by our own citizens who use the stuff and support it. If it is a billion dollar business there must be a few million using it. Make em pay tax, make the dealers pay income tax, lower the price, the control and the violence. This by itself would end a huge amount of problems for this country and Mexico could worry about other things too besides supplying our out of control population.

Adrian

April 13th, 2009
1:51 pm

No alcohol sales on Sunday has to be one of the most archaic laws on our books here in Georgia. Why do we have this law? It helps no one and only contributes to drunk driving. Obsurd!!!

Chuck

April 13th, 2009
1:57 pm

The Bible also forbids the wearing of clothing made from more than one type of cloth, public prayer, and specifically forbids the practice of cutting down a tree and covering it with decorations inside your house.

Yet we don’t have laws directed at supressing these practices. Aren’t we being selective?

AM in ATL

April 13th, 2009
2:01 pm

I agree with Gary. For those who are for alcohol sales on Sundays… if you can just stock up on Saturday, then what’s the problem? What you’re essentially saying is legalizing Sunday alcohol sales would cause alcohol sales to increase on Sunday, but decrease on Saturday, since those who previously stocked up would no longer have to do so. So there really wouldn’t be a financial benefit.

GT

April 13th, 2009
2:04 pm

EW, most of the people of Georgia live in Atlanta, check it out, in fact this year is the first year more people live in big cities than not for the entire nation. Wonder what makes people move to the city, maybe it is they go broke living in the country, or they go to college and realize what a bunch of dumb asses they were raised with. So the next time you go to a tent revival for your arthritis and look at your hill billy neighbors don’t insult the majority of your state by claiming this is who we are. I go back at least four generations Georgia so you take your illiterate voodoo to another state and stop telling people smarter than you how to live.

Greg

April 13th, 2009
2:05 pm

Almost all of our states have done away with so called “Blue Laws”..but not Georgia. Sonny and the rest should look at “separation of church an state”. Its funny everytime this is mentioned, the majrotiy of the people on these blogs say “HAVE LIQUOR SALES ON SUNDAY”…but the politicians say “By and large people don’t want it”. Classic illustration of how government by the people and for the people means nothing.

People can buy a drink in restaurant or at a game but not in a store.

Give me a break!

-Greg

EW

April 13th, 2009
2:05 pm

First off I couldnt care less if we sold alcohol by the bottle on Sunday. Trust me there have been many times I did not like that law, however it is what it is. If you don’t like it vote your rep out of office and put someone in that will push for it, thats the way you can change it. Otherwise get over it, you should have known about it when you came here.

Get Real, I ask myself that question quite often.

Jeff, I understand what it means. It would put bottle sales in the same category as drink sales. Currently you can pass local ordinances that would allow alcohol by the drink on Sunday, just not the bottle. I dont have a problem with any of it. To sell or not to sell, that is the question.

Couple of other questions: Why fuss and fume over sales of alcohol on Sunday in the current climate? If it really means that much why arent people voting in legislators that will push for this, after all you guys put them there? If the ability to buy alcohol by the bottle on Sunday truly means so much to people that they would but that at the top of a political agenda then what does that say about the present state of our citizens?

Greg

April 13th, 2009
2:13 pm

To AM and GARY…you want to know one simple reason why people want sales of liquor on sunday. ITS CALLLED FREEDOM OF CHOICE..!!

That’s what we have in the country right?

Say I get call from a few friends on Sunday for an afternoon get together. (Not Planned!) Why shouldn’t I be allowed to run to the store to pick up some beer and wine?

The whole Sunday sabbath issue does not fly in 2009. The world is a different place now. Get over it!

-Greg

Jose

April 13th, 2009
2:14 pm

Some laws are made for a good reason. I will never forget my first probation case. I had a man that was driving and drinking on a Sunday. This is before the laws of DUI in the 80’s. This man killed eleven people in a van coming home from church. This man received one year of probation and a fine of $250 that caused eleven lives to be lost because he had to go find more beer to drink on Sunday. Do we really want to move backwards? Are people going to be responsible for their drinking behavior if they are given this inch of freedom? Yes, I do hope that they forget to go get extra beer or whatever they are drinking on a Saturday so that they would run out of alocohol. At least we can say that the roads are safe for a few hours on Sunday. For those of you that don’t like this law, move back to where ever you came from because this law is still perfect to be on the law book in Georgia.

Greg

April 13th, 2009
2:18 pm

Jose…that samething could happen on any other day of the week back then too…right? And your point is what. Also, if he was driving drunk on a sunday…he already had the liquour. It also had nothing to do with Sunday sales.

Its holding on to these old world views that keeps Georgia behind all other states. Warped ways of thinking.

Wake up already…Jeez..!!

-Greg

EW

April 13th, 2009
2:20 pm

GT, I grew up in S GA, was educated at one of the finest schools in the US and now run a successful fiber optic company. I work and live in metro Atlanta and am only 31 years old. Not one day goes by that I do not wish for the day that when I can get back to a simpler life, but alas I am where I am for the job. I am also a Bible believing Christian and can’t find anywhere in the Bible where alcohol should be banned on Sunday, or that you cant drink, or the use of revivals to cure arthritis, but I can find teachings of temperance and being to quick to judge.

So before you and your “educated” mind decide to pass judgement on me you might want to take a look in the mirror and see who’s the “dumb ass.” You might also want to what a republic is…after all that is what this entire nation is. We are not run by the whim of the many as you would like to imply.

Californication

April 13th, 2009
2:25 pm

I think we should outlaw milk sales on Sundays!

Andy in Blairsville

April 13th, 2009
2:27 pm

While I’m a conservative voter this Bible thumpin’ nonsense is getting really old really quick.

EW

April 13th, 2009
2:32 pm

How is any of this “Bible thumpin’ nonsense?” We’re talking about changing a state law. There are methods and procedures for that. Whether people like it or not, it is what it is until enough people vote enough legislators in to push it through for a vote. Even then bottle sales on Sunday may not pass. Will it be “Bible thumpin’ nonsense” at that point or just people happy with what they have?

Greg

April 13th, 2009
2:36 pm

In a US NEWS and World Report article stated on July 8, 2008 with regards to Colorado repealing its Blue Laws

…” Some evangelical groups did oppose changing the law in Colorado, saying it would increase alcohol related problems like drunk driving. Bur propenents of the repeal pointed out that alcohol was already available in restaraunts and bars and that there was no evidence drunk driving rates had increases in other states and that the law would bring millions to the state. (The law passed with a 2-1 marjority)”….

http://www.usnews.com/articles/news/national/2008/07/08/easing-up-on-sunday-liquor-sales.html?PageNr=2

So just saying its going to cause issues means nothing. Please provide the proof to justify your back woods, archiac and simply outdated stance.

As for the bible thumping, was it not Sonny Perdue that brought up his religious views when mulling over to allow voting on this issue?

-Greg

Cletus Snow

April 13th, 2009
2:36 pm

While I neither drink alcohol nor attend church services, I do find all of the debate amusing. It makes sense to me to allow the voters to decide When and if alcohol is sold and eliminate the discussion. It’s never been a secret that there were no booze sales on sunday Why not just buy it on Tuesday or Saturday when it is sold, It doesn’t seem like a complicated process. There’s no court on sunday, why not protest the inability to sue someone on Sunday. It’s because everyone knows there’s no court on sunday. Now everyone know there are no booze sales on Sundayjust stock up another day.

John

April 13th, 2009
2:39 pm

Whiteboy – receipt is spelled as such – remember, it’s “i” before “e” except after “c” – and the word “weight” of course.

Greg

April 13th, 2009
2:40 pm

Cletus..

Because in a country where we have a majority rule..(must states allow sunday sales) and because we are a country that allows a freedom of choice..consumers should be allowed to decide when to buy what we want.

Now with that being said…I believe the duke boys are waiting on you to finish up the General Lee…GET BACK TO WORK!!…

-Greg

Der

April 13th, 2009
2:47 pm

I am so tired of Christian hypocrites like EW judging others… If you don’t like Atlanta, then LEAVE.

Marshall Stacks

April 13th, 2009
2:49 pm

Wow, I just got back from a trip to Chicago; you can buy beer, wine, and liquor seven days a week. Even in the CVS downtown, you can get a pint of JD to go with your NyQuil. And the depravity of it all! There were winged horsemen swinging broadswords awash in sinner’s blood. Harlots rode giant fire lizards down Michigan Avenue while David Cross chanted the Necromonicon backwards. Lava and plasma ran down the streets as orgies of violence followed all that were good and decent….

Just kidding. People didn’t get into other people’s business. What a concept.

Seriously, if 47 other states can sell on Sundays and not have a problem, what can be wrong with doing it here? Oh, I forgot. This is Georgia. Just change the state motto to “Policing others” and be done with.

Jose

April 13th, 2009
2:52 pm

Greg – What is it with alcohol? Do you enjoy making these people wealthy with your drinking habits? From the alcohol, to the medical, to the crime surrounded by it, and to the death, this is a multi-billion dollar industry and you are a part of it. I am not trying to pass judgment on you for drinking because only you will feel that hell on your body from that damage. If someone is giving you the freedom from not buying it or not drinking it for one day out of the week, please take that Blessing. So if I am stuck in stupid or my stupidity is unbearable, at least when I turn the keys in my Jaguar on Sunday or any other day of the week, I will be able to get to and from safe knowing that you are hopeful not drunk on the roads beside me.

GT

April 13th, 2009
2:53 pm

When I think about EW I think about the religious right pretty boy that ran for lieutenant governor. He used his religion as a con game to make money. His pet sin to make money by was gambling. He found just like old Rush that he could lead the cattle about where he wanted by quoting a few Bible verses and soliciting some Rolex wearing preachers to his cause. Then one day it turned on him. The guy was using one tribe of Indians to put another one out of business in the gambling business, collecting money from both of them. His partner who was a little less “religious” is sitting in a prison right now, and this guy was a half an inch from being our next Lt. Gov. and from there the sky was the limit. I wonder if most of the readers of this blog believe the citizens of this state or nation controls this nation or is it the lobbyist of which a huge amount of that lobbying is the religious right. A man in the minority can rule this nation, W did it last, mainly because of people like EW. Democracy and capitalism are all the same, money talks, and while people like EW are worrying about what I am doing on Sunday or behind my bedroom door, terrorist are laundering money with the flow of illegal drug money as a camouflage, Wall Street is doing a disappearing act on billions that as far as we know went from Madoff right into the hands of the terrorist while I am being frisked for a 10,000 dollar transfer at my local bank. My 96 year old mother had to have her shoes checked at a airport the other day for a bomb because the government paid a rent a cop to guard our airports on Sept. 11th, to cut corners. The same government that guards our president with 200 secret service people, and our prisons of which states like South Carolina uses to make up for the textile industry leaving, get hundreds of guards paid top dollar. I bet you the rent a cop company had a strong relationship with the government and gave heavily to party and cause that hired it. I know Strom Thurmond got a ton of votes putting Federal Prisons in the state of South Carolina because the lent heads were now prison guards making twice the pay and benefits to boot. How is it, EW, we don’t notice these holes in our society but our enemies do. For some of us it is stupidly and for the rest it is good old pure greed that depends on you staying stupid.

SOUTHERN ATL

April 13th, 2009
2:57 pm

Dear Govenor Perdue,
When you were first elected, you were so enthusiastic about giving the people of this “Great State” a chance to vote on whether we wanted to keep the CONFEDERATE FLAG….Well, CAN WE VOTE ON WHETHER OR NOT WE WANT TO LEGALIZE SUNDAY LIQUOR SALES?

lkusfd

April 13th, 2009
3:03 pm

i don’t care if booze is sold on sunday, but stores should not be forced to sell it or even be open if they don’t want to. there will be no extra booze sold or taxes collected if we have sunday sales, people will just shift on which days they buy.

BadMoJoe

April 13th, 2009
3:04 pm

Jose…good to know you will be safe in your Jaguar. I’m not sure what the point of that was.

Greg

April 13th, 2009
3:08 pm

Jose…your warped way of thinking is the cause of your fear. Most people who drink are responsible and many others do not drink and drive period. I am more afraid of the terrible gun laws in this state than I am of Sunday Alcohol sales. Also, on one hand you are saying stock up on Saturday, which means I would still be able to drink on Sunday. On the other hand you are still saying buying booze will lead to drunk driving accidents, which has been proven to be false in many studies.

As for making people rich off of alcohol sales…that is funny. Why not ban sales of food in grocery stores because gosh darnit..Perdue Chicken is getting rich off of me. Mayfield creamery is getting rich off of me because I like cream in my coffee, and Maxwell house why let them get rich off of me because I like coffee.

If you do not drink fine. That is your perogative. I will not hate you because you do not drink. You shouldn’t be allowd to step on my rights because I choose to drink.

BTW…I do not drink on Sunday. But if I have a party on a Sunday that is not planned then I would like to buy it to offer to others that may.

Thanks,

Greg

Jose

April 13th, 2009
3:08 pm

That flag vote was the best joke of the century in getting voted into office. I am glad that it didn’t come to a vote. Georgia, we have our problems but some states are worst than we are.

Greg

April 13th, 2009
3:12 pm

Hey lkusfd,

I drove around yesterday on Easter..some stores were opened and some were not. I think we can assuume that the state cannot force a store to open on Sunday. Chik-Fil-A also comes to mind.

-Greg

SOUTHERN ATL

April 13th, 2009
3:19 pm

Jose@3:08
It did come to a vote and the voters chose to ban the Confederate Flag:

On May 8, 2003, Governor Sonny Perdue signed H.B. 380 creating a new state flag for Georgia. The act became effective immediately, giving Georgia its third state flag in a period of 27 months. Support for the new flag came from critics of the 2001 flag and those who felt there should be a public referendum on the state flag. The legislation also provided for a statewide advisory referendum on March 2, 2004, at which time voters will choose between the 2001 and 2003 flags. However, results of the referendum are not binding, and any future flag change will require an act of the General Assembly.

Georgia’s new state flag is based on the first national flag of the Confederacy (the “Stars and Bars”) and consists of a field of three horizontal bars of equal width, two red separated by a white bar in the center. In the upper left corner is a square blue canton the width of two bars. In the center of the canton is a circle of 13 white stars, symbolizing Georgia and the other 12 original states that formed the United States of America. Within the circle of stars is Georgia’s coat of arms (the central design on the state seal) immediately above the words “In God We Trust” — both in gold.

ManOfTeal

April 13th, 2009
3:19 pm

If your comment equals a wall of text 1/4 of the way down the page I will not read it……Learn to summarize people….good grief.

-ManOfTeal……because if I don’t sign the bottom you won’t know who I am……right Greg?

Eric

April 13th, 2009
3:25 pm

Gary,
If alcohol shouldn’t be sold on the Sabbath, ban sales from Friday evening until Monday morning. That way Jews and Christians are covered. The fact that the “Sabbath” is used shows the religious intent of the law and should be unconstitutional.
And Leah…we are most assuredly NOT a democracy. The founding fathers thankfully did not make us one.

BadMoJoe

April 13th, 2009
3:25 pm

After all this…I need a beer

Jose

April 13th, 2009
3:31 pm

Greg – I love you but getting rich off sales tax, No. It is the product that is making them rich by the consumption of it. Do you think that they have a lobbyist trying to get this law pass in Georgia since some of you say that we are one of the fews states that’s left with it on the books? Who is behind this push to get this law passed? If you are a drinker, you will buy enough to cover you on a Sunday or how long that you wish to drink. If Georgia was looking for more tax dollars, they would have passed this law years ago just like they increase the tax on tobacco products without your say in it. No, I don’t smoke either. I have nothing against drinkers or smokers. Enjoy your life the best way you see it but selling alocohol on Sunday in Georgia, my answer will still be No.

jc_atl

April 13th, 2009
3:38 pm

I may have to move back to my more progressive home town where I’ve been able to buy beer after noon on Sundays for as long as I can remember: Birmingham, Alabama.

Of course I’m kidding, I like my job here, but I think often of getting the heck out of the bible belt where the laws are made irrespective of some religious mumbo jumbo that is antiquated and makes us look like the rednecks everyone from everywhere else expects us to be. At least we don’t disappoint in that regard.

Jose

April 13th, 2009
3:38 pm

I am sorry. Now I remebered. I voted No for the flag. Some people showed their true colors then. It was pretty wild.

Matt

April 13th, 2009
3:40 pm

This is not the 1950’s anymore. Alcohol sells on Sunday would help boost revenue for small business which in turn would lead to them hiring more locals and the state gov’t could collect not only sales tax but payroll taxes as well.

Seperation of Church and state was put into place for a reason. And why is the gov’t telling us what we can or can’t vote on? Isn’t this supposed to be a system that benefits us? Especially after seeing their mgmt of funds and how bad they are at it maybe we should be included in a lot more of the decision making process.

If its really that big of a deal then why not tack on 1% increase for Sunday sales? The cost doesn’t go up that much and it generates a little extra.

ManOfTeal

April 13th, 2009
3:40 pm

@BadMoJoe

I’ll take a Captain and Coke myself.

-ManOfTeal……cause only cool people sign their name at the bottom of their comments like Greg….

vlscpa

April 13th, 2009
3:42 pm

The point of this article is that folks might be drowning their sorrows with money they don’t have. Maybe it’s a hoarding instinct, worry about prices and sin taxes, stocking up as a hedge against inflation.

Southern

April 13th, 2009
3:42 pm

GIVE ME MOTHERFU%KING BEER ON SUNDAYS BITC&ES!!!!!

Southern

April 13th, 2009
3:43 pm

I WANNA DRIVE DRUNK ON SUNDAYS!!!!!!!!

Greg

April 13th, 2009
3:44 pm

ManofTeal…sorry its my proper way of writing to end a statment with a name. For you I will not do it…ok?

As for you Jose..I think the people are behind it. 47 other states allowed the people to vote and got rid of the blue laws. As for TAX Revenue, one person stated that they would drive to FLA to get booze as they live close to the border. Wouldn’t it make more sense to keep that money in our state? Every state is looking for more tax money. If its not tax money it will be fees.

Matt

April 13th, 2009
3:48 pm

The argument of buy your alcohol on Saturday makes no sense. You’re still drinking correct? The one thing that gets me is that at Sporting events like the Braves and the Falcons you can buy beer at the Stadiums and drive home but I can’t drive three blocks to the liqour store or grocery for a bottle. I don’t even drink much but its nice to have a coctail occasioanlly.

Jose. I am an extremely responsible drinker but you shouldn’t drive your over-priced, poorly made Jaguar b/c you will make them rich off the purchase and the money it will cost to fix it when it breaks down every 2-3 months. Come up with a better argument.

ManOfTeal

April 13th, 2009
3:49 pm

@Greg

Hey man whatever blows your hair back….

-Go Marlins!!!!

Long-time Atl Resident

April 13th, 2009
3:53 pm

There’s only one comment in reference to selling, drinking on Sundays, or even drinking at all period: the real truth will be known soon than we all think.

Greg

April 13th, 2009
3:58 pm

@Long Time Atl Resident

And until that time, we should be able to buy alcohol on sunday.

Brian

April 13th, 2009
4:04 pm

I just agree with GT legalize everything..from drugs to alcohol sales on Sunday in GA. I see alot of things happening..drug users meaning crack, ice and things of that nature..not weed..would be dead in 5yrs., crime would drop drastically..revenue would flourish especially off of the none killer, non drug, that we call a drug Marijuana. There would be less drunk driven or DUI related accidents especially on Sundays seeing that you would not have to take the risk of driving to and from a bar intoxicated. Most importantly I agree wtih most of the people comments on here it should be left up to the people not these big hot shots who live above the laws they make.

jc_atl

April 13th, 2009
4:07 pm

Long-time Atl Resident, if the end is nigh please let me know – I want to have a rapture party and need to stock up on my booze. I’d hate for it to fall on a Sunday and not have drinks for my heathen guests.

Liz

April 13th, 2009
4:11 pm

It’s all irrelevant WHY one might want to buy alcohol on Sunday. It could be for a party, a religious ceremony, part of a recipe, or just because you want it. It shouldn’t be anyone else’s business or anyone else’s choice. We should all have the right and then it is up to you whether or not you exercise that right. And as for the argument about buying on another day and planning ahead, that’s ridiculous. Are you saying that because you don’t drink that I can’t make up my own mind about making Bourbon crusted salmon on Sunday or have a glass of wine on my day off, simply because you don’t. And since when does buying alcohol on Sunday mean that everyone is out to buy copious amounts and driving drunk around town like hooligans, simply because it’s available. Maybe I just want a glass at the end of my weekend on a whim without having to check it out with the religious right.

GT

April 13th, 2009
4:12 pm

What a no answer. When all logic goes out the door, throw a little fear into the mix. It is all about control, if God wanted to stop drinking on Sunday I can promise he would not need some tin horned wet in his bed control freak like Long-time. Long time probably belongs to the Harper Valley PTA too.

Jose

April 13th, 2009
4:13 pm

No problems with the car ie, it was built okay for me. Since I vote, I will always vote against selling alocohol on Sunday in Georgia. Since I know my state Reps and Senators, I will always tell them to vote No for the selling of alocohol on Sunday. If they vote for it, I will help to vote them out of office. If you don’t vote, you don’t have a say in it. If you don’t vote regular, they will not take you seriously. If you aren’t a resident of Georgia, you have no say so in the selling of alocohol on Sunday, period. If I want my house to stay blue, it will stay blue and not red because you are fussing to get it painted red for you. It has been fun. I got to go to work now. Have a Good and Bless Day.

Jeff

April 13th, 2009
4:13 pm

Perdue is determined to not let the citizens even vote on this particular issue. Its interesting that conservatives complain about big government, then turn around and use government to limit certain freedoms.

liquor store owner

April 13th, 2009
4:22 pm

I dont mind having sunday off but it is a stupid law. Another stupid one is 21 to drink, which I dont mind but then it should be 21 to join the military. Does not make sense but maybe its me.

Okaytodrive$drive

April 13th, 2009
4:28 pm

Am I looking at this in the wrong way. Why are they promoting drinking and drive. STAY HOME AND DRINK…

Rollo Tomasi

April 13th, 2009
4:33 pm

When times are good, people listen to Jazz and drink. When times are bad, people listen to Blues and drink. No matter what, people like to drink and the only thing that changes is the music that they listen too. I work as a Bartender. I know.

itpdude

April 13th, 2009
4:37 pm

Of all the issues concerning civil liberties, Sunday sales is one of the most idiotic issues to take up as a civil libertarian given the excruciating amount of other laws in violation of a free nation. From the Patriot Act to continued warrantless wiretapping, no Sunday sales as your big issue makes you an idiot.

Get real. You Sunday sales cry-babies aren’t about civil liberties. You’re about not having to freakin’ plan your alcoholism by, *gasp*, stocking up on booze on one of the other 6 days of the week. Boo-hoo, you miserable sots. Just admit it: You don’t care about civil liberties. You lack the cognitive ability to plan your drinking. It is that simple.

itpdude

April 13th, 2009
4:38 pm

All that said, it is a silly law. A silly law awash in a sea of many other silly laws.

PMC

April 13th, 2009
4:43 pm

There is really no need to comment. This law is indefensable but the legislators will absolutely not let us vote on it. The only defense as citizens we have is to vote the bastards out.

Atlanta Girl in Athens

April 13th, 2009
4:45 pm

Well folks, I appreciate your comments. Some of you are spouting off without knowledge, thus making yourself a fool. Others of you seem like you have done a little research and really thought this through. The thing that gets me the most is those of you who have gotten angry about this. Relax. Its 1 day. I understand that you want it to be your right to choose, but watching the minutes on your posts shows how long you spent wasting your breath on this today, as if a blog on ajc.com is going to make a difference at the capital.

I lived in NYC for awhile and there were a few things that I missed: sweet tea, fried chicken salads, and the peace that comes with taking it easy on Sunday. If it ever comes for a vote, vote how you want, but in the mean time, take it easy and try to put a positive light on your Sunday.

PMC

April 13th, 2009
4:47 pm

This is an indefensable law yet our legislature refuses to remove it, the only recourse is to remove our legislature. Next time. Vote these guys out.

It absolutely is a silly law among a multitude of silly laws. At one time people in this country desired freedom over litigeousness. Now we seem to desire using the police power of government to force behavior.

Ann

April 13th, 2009
4:48 pm

Want to drink on Sunday? Just head over to a Gwinnett Braves game and enjoy all the beer you want – thanks to Sonny!!! Talk about hypocritical – that takes the cake.

Okaytodrink$drive

April 13th, 2009
4:48 pm

That’s telling them. Go New York…

PMC

April 13th, 2009
4:49 pm

I mean, what if you’re jewish, screw the original sabbath right?

Businesses used to close on wednesday afternoon too and they don’t do that anymore. This is about progress and common sense as much as anything.

Chris

April 13th, 2009
4:53 pm

I was born and raised a deep Southern Baptist. Read the bible several times (mainly because there were times when the pastor got really really boring). I never found anything about refraining from drinking for a day during the week. That was all started by the Temperance Movement, but really gained strength because of the efforts of Mary Hunt during the 1880s. She managed to get or show a correlation between drinking and domestic violence. And though some of her studies were shown as flawed they carried on and things evolved into allot of the alcohol laws we know today.
Personally I don’t see a problem with allowing alcohol sales on Sunday. Should be the choice of the individual. The one reason I like there being one day a week when you cannot by alcohol is that there may be a slight decrease in the number of people drinking then driving.

crackbaby

April 13th, 2009
5:08 pm

Get back to work, people!

gadawg

April 13th, 2009
5:57 pm

I almost didn’t post, but it is too funny not to. Some of you are hilarious, running off at the mouth with not a clue about the real world. I am a Christian man and I do attend church on Sunday, however, I do believe that you should have the right to buy beer/alcohol on Sunday if you wish. Those of you who drink will find a way to do so anyway. What I hope for is strong Christian store owners that will NOT sell or even open their stores on Sunday. If you don’t think there is success in this…ask Truett Cathy. As for GT, you can live in Atlanta as long as you wish, but “Atlanta” will never decide the laws of this state. Be careful of judging others lest you be judged.

Bryant

April 13th, 2009
6:55 pm

It kills me how some people seem to think that selling alcohol on Sundays is a direct attack on their values and morals and what not. Nobody is trying to force these folks to start drinking. What people like myself want is the CHOICE to vote on this issue. If the people get the chance to vote on this and the people vote no, then the people have spoken. The point it, we need to be given the choice on this matter.

I am so glad Sonny Perdue is leaving office next year. Some of the things he said regarding this issue were just downright retarded. One time he said, “if we legalize Sunday alcohol sales, then we may as well legalize prostitution.” Um, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot??!?!?! How in the blue hell can anyone compare prostitution to selling booze on Sundays?!??! Give a freakin’ break!!!! Also, Perdue had no problem at all letting the people of Georgia vote on whether or not they wanted to allow gay marriage. I’m sure he figured that the people would feel the same way that he did on the issue, but he knows that the people don’t share his views on this issue, hence us not being able to vote on the matter.

I’m in total agreement with the people who bring up the fact that you can buy alcohol in plenty of other places on Sundays. Somebody please give me a logical answer as to the difference between buying alcohol at a restaurant, club, sporting event, etc, and buying alcohol at a liquor store to take come and consume in the privacy of your four walls.

I’ll be paying a lot of attention to the upcoming state elections next year to see how the candidates feel about this issue, as well as transportation, education, and plenty of other issues. It’s time to make a fresh start at the Gold Dome.

Luv 2 Hate Me

April 13th, 2009
7:01 pm

They need to legalize weed and ban alcohol. This world would be a much happier place. Lays stock (potatoe chips) would sore.

johnc22

April 13th, 2009
8:45 pm

“Lays stock (potatoe chips) would *sore*.”

Classic.

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Mike

April 14th, 2009
12:01 pm

GT, don’t think we’ll have to worry about this much longer as these “tea totallers” are dying out. As you pointed out, the young people in these small town are having to move to the larger cities due to a lack of opportunities, and this is opening their eyes. They’re realizing all the hate their parents have tried to teach them regarding gays, abortion rights etc. is nothing but a bunch of nonsense and they’re realizing it. So, if someone runs for office, starting a campaign speech off with “I’m a Christian” isn’t good enough any more; they’ll have to give their ideas on how they’re going to address real problems like transportation, health care and employment. Sonny and his type are a dying breed as evidenced by Obama getting 47% of the Georgia vote.

Mike

April 14th, 2009
12:11 pm

Jose, brother, you don’t have a damn clue. Drug companies are making BILLIONS off people, and some people are on so many different medications (some upwards of 8, 10, 12 at ome time) they get the dosages confused and end up overdosing. However, as long as someone has insurance and doctors will write them a prescription they can get as many pills as they can afford. Jose, your argument has more holes in it than cheesecloth.

Sal

April 15th, 2009
12:38 pm

To get this bill passed you need Georgia Power to sponsor it. Then their bought and paid for lackeys will pass it without a second thought about the religious right’s opinions.

Mike

April 15th, 2009
2:09 pm

When someone tells me “just stock up on Satdurday, it’s what we do here” that just chaps my @$$