Plans to overhaul liquor agency gaining speed, legislative leaders say

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  • Lagomorph Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 15, 2011 5:50 p.m.

    Article: "Although Lockhart used the word 'privatization,' she conceded the state won't relinquish control of alcohol."

    In other words, we keep the socialist system. The DABC is a purer form of socialism than Obamacare, but the local right wing seems blind to that.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Dec. 14, 2011 9:03 p.m.

    Sounds like the politicos are "stuck on stupid."

    Instead of getting the state out of the operation of liquor stores they are determined to waste time and money buying or leasing buildings, hiring staff, ordering and stocking inventory and handling retail sales. Of course that adds to the number of state employees drawing wages and stacking up benefit and retirement costs, all to be paid by the taxpayers.

    Those are all things that private enterprise can do better and more efficiently and at no cost to taxpayers.

    Need the revenue? Just bump up the taxes on alcohol and let private enterprise collect them for the state.

    This is a no-brainer, voters, we need to eliminate this entire public program which is a dinosaur relic created at the end of prohibition.

    Keep the minimum age, drunk driving and dram shop laws and enforce those, and even ban Sunday sales if you like, but just get the state out of the alcohol business.

    Or, let's go invest in other lucrative retail businesses- cars, food, furniture, sports tickets, etc. Those would be as justified as being in the alcohol business.

    Dec. 14, 2011 7:33 p.m.

    Although in Utah it is the belief that No One Drinks... It's time to make some changes to DABC! It in fact was time years ago but the Ostriches buried their heads.
    News Flash! Some citizens in this state drink.
    Maybe rather than the Legislature making the decision on this it should go to a vote. Give us a chance to decide the future of DABC.
    Afterall...we are the ones affected by the actions of both the Legislature and DABC.
    Let the people decide.