Is the State of Utah Getting out of the liquor business? Believe it or not it's being discussed by some of Utah's state legislators.
Here's the idea. The state would sell all of it's liquor stores to the private sector, they would all be independently owned and operated. The state would still set prices and control amount of taxes.
Right now the tax on liquor, wine and heavy beer is 85%. That's pretty steep for an independent retailer. The state would have to drop the tax to a reasonable level to make it possible for a these newly privatized stores to make a profit and pay employees.
Beer has not mentioned in the plan. However, if I was buying a liquor store you could bet your sweet ass that I would provide refrigerator units inside for beer.
No word on what would happen to the DABC warehouse or if the distribution model would change.
Remember, this is very preliminary info. It's in the earliest phases of discussion.
Here's Fox13 report on the story.
What are your thoughts? Is this a good thing? - could it mean much higher costs at the liquor stores? - could it bring in retailers like Trader Joe's?