Is Utah's monopoly on selling hard liquor good for the state or for the consumers? Mark Shurtleff is requesting that the United States Congress allow Utah to keep its unique system. Utah's system creates a governmental monopoly on the hard liquor sold here. With that system in place, the state liquor board can set any price it would like to set for the liquor. Utah does not want to give up the system in place because that would significantly decrease the revenues to the state. And in such a time as this where the state budget is so tight, Utah is not going to have any motivation to loose that revenue.