I just came back from a refreshing bike ride through the city of Richfield. I have always been impressed with individual parks of theirs (Augsburg, Veterans, Wood Lake ), but I never considered them as a whole until I learned that they are all funded through their city owned liquor stores. This is a perfect example of how government can be in business along-side private enterprises. I usually buy our happy sauce at Richfield Liquor stores, but never realized that they funded the parks that way. They have to compete with liquor stores in neighboring communities and they probably wouldn’t be as good if they didn’t. Seems like a great way for government to be in business for itself. So, why isn’t this done more often? After reading this report on Municipal Liquor Stores in Minnesota, I see that sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t.
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