Utah's Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control has a problem. The agency is reporting an 86% employee turnover with low wages being one of the biggest reasons why.
It's gotten so bad, the DABC went to the legislature to ask for a new funding mechanism. The agency makes hundreds of millions of dollars for the state, but doesn't actually control its own budget (the legislature does). Some want a cut of the sales, while others want an expansion of state funding.
State lawmakers acknowledged the problem, and tapped Sen. Gene Davis, D-Salt Lake City, and Rep. Timothy Hawkes, R-Centerville, to work on the issue. Sen. Davis joins the "Utah Booze News" podcast to talk about it.
Also, FOX 13's Ben Winslow and The Salt Lake Tribune's Kathy Stephenson talk about the re-opening of bars and restaurants, new health regulations in the COVID-19 pandemic and the "netherworld" of airport liquor laws.