Officials in charge of North Carolina liquor stores received raises and bonuses last year, even if their profits were flat or went down.
The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Saturday that guidelines and ethics rules vary from one local Alcoholic Beverage Control board to the next.
The state ABC Commission runs the central warehouse where local stores buy their liquor. It has little authority over the state's 411 liquor stores. Data on the raises and bonuses were released recently by state officials taking their first look at compensation among the locally controlled boards.
Last month, Gov. Beverly Perdue's office ordered a closer look at the oft-criticized patchwork system. Chairman Jon Williams says the state commission is also analyzing salary data.