Report: ABC Boards Get Raises, Even When Sales Dip

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.

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  • by TG on Dec 26, 2009 at 07:06 AM
    I'm several dats late, but "fed-up" - never seemed to read the story! The facts won't get in his way to call anmes to amke a cheap, sorry political "point". Typical tea-party think, and I use the term think loosely. Perdue may be the first politicain in 100 years to change this system. "fed-up"- post first, without reading the article is your calling card- LOL!!!
  • by fed up Location: aurora on Dec 20, 2009 at 09:37 AM
    once again comrade bev has come thru for her friends.once again the people of this state have been shafted
  • by PL Location: ENC on Dec 20, 2009 at 09:16 AM
    These are really not "state employees". Each county has its own politically connected, appointed ABC Board that gets to rule over their liquour and profit empire like a feudal royal oligarchy. They are accountable to no one but their buddies on each various county commission. Check out the names on your county ABC Board and I promise you will discover those "serving" are poliitcally conected and have intermingled political interests and patronage with county commissioners and other power brokers locally and in the state. Y'all are correct- either: A. privatize liquor stores with some, necessary state oversight (as in many other states), or B. Have one state agency oversee this and do not have mini little ABC kingdoms running roughshod all over every county in the state. I prefer option A.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 20, 2009 at 04:25 AM
    Budget over budget and taxes just went up million in our state, how can we the taxpayers afford to give any raises to state employees? If Perdue wants something to look into this should be a big something. This is as wrong as those murders getting out of jail for good behavior. Stop spending like a child in a candy store. It is NOT your money.
  • by voter Location: nc on Dec 20, 2009 at 02:56 AM
    remember the power base is DEMOCRATS.
  • by Nathan Location: Eastern NC on Dec 19, 2009 at 05:23 PM
    The idea of having state-run liquor stores which are only open bankers' hours can't be the best situation. Let grocery and convenience stores and drugstores sell the liquor, tax it appropriately, like any other consumer product. I actually use liquor in cooking (can't stand being drunk) and it would be so nice to just pick up a bottle of rum at Food Lion with the rest of the food. Other states have figured this out. How far behind them must we be?
  • by Anti-Terrorist Location: Greenville on Dec 19, 2009 at 04:34 PM
    How about the government get the heck out of the liquor business all together. Let private industry have it back in NC. Let the government tax the hell out but not have the administrative overhead. It is a governmental racket anyway.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Dec 19, 2009 at 03:41 PM
    Time to bring them under one "so called" leader or commission. Seems the ones that produce the least are the ones receiving the most $$$$$
  • by Jay Location: Plymouth on Dec 19, 2009 at 02:44 PM
    Liqour sales should be privatized. Why should booze sales be socialized when health care isn't?
  • by MIKE TYNDALL Location: KINSTON NC on Dec 19, 2009 at 02:22 PM
    This is what wrong with state govenment and a big problem in DOT. Once leve Raleigh from HY, ED. HP, all deparments do and run it like they want to. It need to be like the Military everone, all locations follw the same rules.
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