Why running dry?

  • July 12, 2011 - 8:26 PM


Liquor retailers must annually renew a $20 state-issued "Buyer's Card" along with liquor licenses. Many businesses renewed before the shutdown, but 300 were left in the lurch and 425 will expire by month's end.

Cigarette smokers will also be hit if the shutdown lasts until September. State officials are no longer processing tax stamps that cigarette distributors must glue to every pack sold for retail.

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