- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 2, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The office of Utah Gov. Gary Herbert is proposing pay raises for employees at state-run liquor stores as part of an effort to improve morale and overall service after criticism from workers and a state lawmaker.

The Deseret News reports (https://bit.ly/1TkWgTq) that state officials said Tuesday that Herbert also wants ensure that shelves are better stocked with a wider selection of alcoholic beverages and restore $500,000 cut from the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control budget last year.

Herbert plans to include the recommendations in his budget proposal next week, a move that comes after complaints that employees are subjected to poor treatment and paid low wages.

Despite those issues, liquor sales have been on the rise in the largely teetotaling state, increasing 35 percent over the last four years.

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Information from: Deseret News, https://www.deseretnews.com

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