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Liquor quotas unfair

I was recently at an event where Gov. Gary Herbert stated that economic development can best flourish in a market that is devoid of irrational government policies, obstacles and barriers. This statement is the basis for free market ideals, yet, Herbert and the Legislature have obstinately refused to rationally and objectively review the antiquated and ineffective liquor license quota system.

The quota system is, in fact, an unfair barrier of entry for restaurant corporations and entrepreneurs looking to enter or expand their restaurant operations in Utah. Inaction by the governor and the Legislature, especially in a critical recovery year, is a slap in the face to free market principles and, more importantly, detrimental to helping our state's economy recover and grow.

Max Chang

Salt Lake City