Despite record profits, lawmakers have ordered the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to slash its budget by $2.2 million. If the governor approves the reduction, liquor-control commissioners say they would be forced to close stores and lay off workers.
At least nine state stores along the Wasatch Front and in Park City likely would be closed and more than 150 liquor store workers laid off. Hours could be drastically reduced at the remaining liquor stores, which just two years ago were open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Soon, store hours are likely to be 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. or noon to 8 p.m. Salt Lake Tribune