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Now or never for the city liquor board
Baltimore has paid for the dysfunction of its liquor board in more ways than one. Lax enforcement of liquor laws can be the scourge of a neighborhood, and "lax" would be a kind description of the way the city's liquor board has operated historically. A prime repository for political patronage jobs doled out by state senators, it has set new standards for disorganization and inefficiency. And despite the fact that the mayor and City Council provide the board's budget, they have no direct say in who is appointed to the liquor board or who is hired as a liquor inspector. If you were to try to design a system to produce ineffectiveness and a lack of accountability, you could hardly do better.
September 15, 2013