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Published: Friday, March 25 2011 11:37 p.m. MDT

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Paul H
West Valley, UT

This article says that the stores are "profitable" but the legislature says that closing stores and reducing operation hours could save $2 million.

Both of these statements can't be true.

I think we need more information.

DN Subscriber
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Why is the state in the liquor business at all?

Does anyone think it is impossible for private enterprise to figure out how to buy wholesale and sell retail, and figure out how to make enough profit to remain in business, including enough to pay whatever "sin taxes" the state demands? Private stores can enforce age limits too.

Instead, we have a whole state bureaucracy (in addition to the legislator's time needed for more important issues) micromanaging details that private business could run. Add in the cost of managing state employees to run the stores and the cost of their benefits and retirements, and you really need a better reason for doing this than "we've always done it this way."

In some states, you can buy liquor at your local Wal-Mart, or dozens of other stores which sell liquor exclusively, or as a minor part of their product line.

Or, do some politicians think Utahns are not smart enough to decide if they want to consumer liquor or not, or are not smart enough to keep from becoming alcoholics?

Gov. Herbert should veto the bill, and recommend the state get out of the liquor business.

ImaCaMan
Redlands, CA

The state needs to get out of the liquor business. Most of the legislature knows nothing about liquor and from this article don't know anything about business either.

Idaho and Wyoming must love these guys.

dave
Park City, UT

Why would the governor sign a bill that he is not 100% sure is right?

How can he in good conscience sign a bill he knows is wrong?

Utah has some serious ethical and moral issues as shown by this and 477. This one party stranglehold must go or else every minority (ethnic and religious) in the state will be crushed further.

cns
St George, Utah

Herbert did not like 477 but he signed it.

He did not agree with the closing of liquor stores but signed the bill.

He likes the changes in immigration law built around either waivers or legislation in Washington that will not happen.

Utah deserves a better Governor

Dektol
Powell, OH

Make liquor stores private.
Having the State own and run them makes taxpayers purveyors of liquor, something the majority of Utah residents supposedly do not believe in using due to religious constraints.
Change the system so private business sells all the alcoholic beverages and the State will take in more money in taxes and licensing.

MenaceToSociety
Draper, UT

They mandated the liquor stores cut 2 million of expenses, ignoring that 2 mil may bring in 4 mil in sales. This cut costs the state money, and will necessitate other budget cuts elsewhere to make up for the lost profits. You can't point out the decrease in costs while ignoring the greater decrease in revenue. That is accounting 101.

When the legislature is closing profitable stores claiming to help balance the budget, it's not about balancing the budget. It is about something else.

Rifleman
Salt Lake City, Utah

Re: dave

You had a choice to elect Peter Corroon Governor in November. Unfortunately Gov. Herbert beat him 2 to 1. Obviously there must be something about Gov. Herbert that makes him so popular.

dave
Park City, UT

Rifleman | 3:12 p.m. March 26, 2011

The only reason Corroon was not elected is simple. He had two things working against him. The fact that he is a democrat and the fact he is not mormon.

Corroon is more educated, more articulate and independent. His running mate was a republican. Sounds like a dream ticket.. Anywhere but in this extreme environment.

He would be a republican in most places except for the extreme.

Most Truthful and Patriotic
Layton, UT

Here in Mesquite, Nevada - the predominant religion of the year-round residents is LDS.

Yet, we can buy beer, wine and liquor at Rancho, Smith's, Walmart, and the large liquor store.

It doesn't seemed to have harmed anyone to have liquor in plain sight.

What's going on here, is something else.

They'd rather "we" didn't even drink alcohol.
We'd rather they didn't drink cholesterol-hardening cocoa and caffeine-filled Mountain Dew.

Can't we all just get along?

Please. Legalize adulthood in Utah.

JWB
Kaysville, UT

If Governor Herbert questions the closing of State Liquor Stores and the fact that the School Public School lunch program will be impacted by those closures, where has he been? He doesn't want the school lunch program to succeed since the vouchers got taken away. He wants everything related to public schools to fail. Lunches aren't the only thing. The Lt. Governor indicating that Legislators are still very unhappy with the defeat of their school voucher bill with the Referendum is very evident. I attended one of the school voucher hearings and Senator Bell and cronies, such as Senator Kilpack and lobbyists were definitely pro-voucher and were very unhappy with any public who questioned their process.

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