Legislation to reduce liquor license fees in the works

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Published: Dec. 16, 2020 at 5:22 PM EST
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BANGOR, Maine (WABI) - Many restaurants and bars haven’t gotten much use out of their liquor licenses this year.

Legislation has been introduced in the Maine Senate to reduce the cost of liquor licenses and other fees by 50 percent.

Senator Joe Baldacci says he hopes the bill will provide some additional relief for struggling restaurants.

Liquor licenses currently cost $1,500 annually, so restaurants would save $750.

The plan would cost the state around $29 million in lost revenue.

Baldacci says he recognizes that this legislation is only a piece of the puzzle and will not solve all the problems restaurants face.

”By doing it this way you’re helping out all restaurants not just a handful that might get a grant or a loan. It would be equal across the board. Which is a good way to help the industry in general.”

Restaurants can also apply for part of the $40 million in small business grants announced by Governor Mills several weeks ago.

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