Promises to increase job opportunities and stimulate economic growth
BOSTON – As part of the budget for the new fiscal year, State Representative Jeffrey Sánchez joined his fellow colleagues in the House of Representatives in adopting an amendment that would allow restaurants to serve alcohol starting at 10 a.m. on Sunday. The Restaurant Rejuvenation amendment passed in the Senate and in Conference Committee and was signed into law last week by the Governor. Prior to this measure, restaurants were prohibited from serving alcohol until noon on Sunday.
“This provision will increase business for restaurants and provide a boost to our economy in these uncertain fiscal times,” House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo said. “This measure promises to save and create jobs in the restaurant industry while encouraging economic activity needed to grow the Massachusetts economy.”
“We need more jobs to fuel our economy during these difficult fiscal times,” said Sánchez. “This is a simple change to the current provision on restaurant alcohol sales that will impact our state’s employment rate and restaurant industry.”
"It is a proud day for restaurants, waiters, waitresses and consumers in Massachusetts,” said Dave Andelman, the originator of the new law. “I would like to thank all those who played a role in passing this legislation before the July 4th holiday weekend, including House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo and the members of the Massachusetts House of Representatives. The new law will increase employment, income taxes, sales taxes, and meals taxes, without costing the government a single dollar. It will help the restaurant industry, which employees roughly 10% of the work force, fight the recession. We expect this to generate tens of millions of dollars per year for the state."