If our governor really wanted to improve the business climate in Illinois, he would focus on (1) streamlining the regulatory environment; (2) improving infrastructure; (3) supporting education at all levels, including specific skills education through community colleges and (4) get a budget that would put the state on a path of fiscal responsibility. Business-school studies of “business environment” typically find that these issues are far more important to businesses than the overall tax rate (within reason) or “right to work” laws. What businesses want is low barriers to entry and low compliance costs, excellent infrastructure, a trained workforce and government stability. In fact, the Dems could do worse than make these points their own “turnaround agenda.” I think the Dems and Rauner could find common ground on all these points if the governor would give up the union-busting.
I support these types of reforms 200% - who wouldn’t want to consume higher quality beer and spirits rather than mass market swill. I know I do.
But as a “pro-business” initiative? Nah.
Unless the goal is to increase the total consumption of alcohol (a dubious goal) these types of proposals have little to do with “business climate” since increased purchases of the good stuff will be offset by decreased purchases of swill.
I have to stick up for a local distiller. Get past the name and the label, you’ll find a very smooth whiskey without the bourbon bite. Find it at Binny’s (if it’s not at Binny’s, it’s not worth drinking). http://wondertuckydistillery.com/
This is the type of legislation that would indeed help entrepreneurs. Kudos to Rep. Zalewski. Give the little guys a chance to enter the market and compete, for too long the Big Liquor industry had a control over the Illinois markets. Now that we have craft beer in Chicago more breweries are popping up and that in turn leads to brewery tours/crawls and all of that helps the economy. Of course there are problems with alcohol abuse but what can’t be abused? 10 years ago it was hard to find a craft beer in any liquor store in Chicago.
To those critical of “the focus”, we heard the Governor ask the GA no less than 48 hours ago to zero in on finding bipartisan ways to grow small business in Illinois. Read the editorial. This legislation is an attempt at the meaningful middle. The focus is on the very problem we’ve all been hung up on for the last 9 months.
Go for it! Illinois could use a Whiskey Trail for tourism like the Whisky Trail in Scotland!! Visited two distilleries while in Scotland and saw many others with tourists nearby. And, yes, spell-checkers, it is whiskey in Ireland and the US but it is whisky in Scotland.
“I would prefer that the mass market companies lose market share to numerous local high quality producers”
Yep. Why protect outside interests by making it harder for local biz to grow and compete? Not only does that hurt the free market, but it actually does it in a way that helps those outside the local market (unless I’m missing something).
That 30,000 number is a good industry figure allowing for ~100,000 1 liter bottles allowing for a pretty generous spillage allowance.
I would hope that when the rules for this were written, though, that they might create some level of tiers involved, because there’s a pretty huge difference between 1,000 gallons and 30,000 gallons. One’s a part time weekend activity, and the other is a full time production with employees.