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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Re: daveYou 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.
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.
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.
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