Dane County Judge Rhonda Lanford overturns Mayoral veto of Taco Bell application to sell alcohol at its State St. "Cantina"
Despite Mayor Paul Soglin's objection to yet another new liquor license on State St., Circuit Court Judge Rhonda Lanford has ruled against the city and the Taco Bell chain now plans to start selling alcoholic beverages of all kinds at its downtown, campus location. This is a trend among fast food restaurants who are losing market share as fewer people want to eat their food. The judge apparently is arguing that the city has denied the chain a liquor license without specific criteria or ordinances to address alcohol outlet density. Hopefully, the city will be brave enough to address this issue soon, as court cases such as this will only embolden other restaurants to take the plunge into applying for alcohol licenses.
Wisconsin ranks highest in excessive drinking, dragging down overall health ranking to 23rd place among U.S. states
A recent report showed that per capita spending on Public Health (47th place) and excessive drinking rate (1st place) have landed the state of Wisconsin a meager 23rd place among U.S. states. The annual report known as America's Health Rankings shows a decline from 7th in 1990 to a low of 24th place in 2015. All rankings since 2013 have been 20th or lower.
www.wpr.org/wisconsin-ranks-worst-country-excessive-drinking and www.americashealthrankings.org/search?q=wisconsin
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I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, with a background in addiction counseling living in Madison, Wisconsin. I created this blog to raise awareness about drinking culture, alcohol outlet density, alcohol policy, alcohol dependence and risks.