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Budget cuts would force Utah liquor store closures

There are 13 Utah liquor stores on the chopping block if the proposed budget continues as planned. The budget requires the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to cut $1.6 million and would also change store hours so they close at 7 and 8 p.m. instead of 10 p.m. Approximately 150 people would lose their jobs with the cuts.

Stores around the state would be closed including Salt Lake City, Orem, Provo, St. George, Gunnison, Helper, Parowan, Eureka and Richmond.

Each one of these stores is profitable and the DABC brings in more than $100 million annually to the state.

One of the proponents of the budget cuts, State Senate President Michael Waddoups, R-Taylorsville, said he believes every state agency must make help make up for the budget shortfalls. Other proponents of the budget cuts argue that liquor sales will not drop, people will just have to plan their shopping ahead of time.

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