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Poll: Michigan residents not overly concerned with cutting 'red tape' for alcohol sales

Friday, March 16, 2012 4:01 PM | Anonymous

LANSING -- A poll commissioned by Michigan's beer and wine wholesalers suggests state residents aren't overly concerned with cutting “red tape” when it comes to alcohol sales. By a 2-1 margin, respondents said it was more important to “ensure that Michigan has strong safeguards on the sale of alcohol to ensure public safety,” than “to reform Michigan's outdated regulations that tie up local producers and small businesses.” More than 70% said alcohol needs stronger regulations than other consumer products and 76% said existing regulations on booze were “about right.” The poll of 506 likely voters, conducted in early February, has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points, according to the poll produced jointly by the Republican polling firm Public Opinion Strategies and the Democratic firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research. The results were released Friday as a state advisory committee is working on a report to Gov. Rick Snyder that’s expected to recommend changes to the state’s alcohol control regulations. It's part of a systematic effort by the Snyder administration to modernize and ease business regulations statewide. “The system works and now is not the time to dismantle a system that protects people’s lives,” said Mike Tobias, coordinator for the Michigan Coalition to Reduce Underage Drinking. Mike Lashbrook, president of the Michigan Beer and Wine Wholesalers Association, said current laws require large and small beer and wine producers to sell their products through independent private distributors. He said that helps put Michigan craft beers and wines on an equal footing with large international producers. http://www.freep.com/article/20120317/BUSINESS06/203170318/Michiganders-OK-withbooze-regulations-poll-finds?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|s

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