Liquor losses in Utah

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July 15, 2011

Utah

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah: Earlier in the year, state legislative leaders required that the state, which has a monopoly on the alcohol business, close several of its liquor stores. The reasoning behind this was that closing a few stores would reduce operating costs while only slightly sales.[1]

The state ended up closing a single liquor store because of this legislation. As a result, the state has lost $120,000 in revenue since the store closed on March 31. Senate President Michael Waddoups responded by saying that the loss of revenue is not as important as the possibility of a reduction in underage drinking and/or drunk driving.[1]

Utah currently ranks last in the nation for percentage of underage drinking and deaths caused by drunk drivers.

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