For Massachusetts fans of the sauce, the day when they can get sloshed at 5pm on a bar stool with nothing more than the coin in their pocket is on hold yet again.
The Bay State won't be lifting its nearly 30-year ban on happy hour, reports
. State lawmakers considered the idea as a way of allowing liquor license holders to better compete with casinos offering free booze to their patrons.
The longtime ban was put in place after a woman was killed by a drunk driver who'd indulged in one (or two) too many happy hour drinks. It continues to be defended as a way of keeping citizens safe.
As for the economic argument, the Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission believes lifting the ban would do nothing to help the bottom line of restaurants and bars. Or at least according to the establishments they've
"Many restaurant owners feared the changes would create a 'race to the bottom,'" claims
the agency, "in which establishments would try to undercut each other's prices to the extent that their business models would no longer be viable."
Meanwhile Kansas, ducking its supposed reputation as a red state that frowns on fun, has ended
its prohibition on happy hour after a decades-long Highball hiatus post-high noon.
Via the Consumerist, the Boston Globe and the Kansas City Star