Sununu Confident in N.H. Liquor Chair, Concerned by Liquor Commission, SEA Feud

Jun 7, 2018

New Hampshire Liquor & Wine Outlet in Hooksett on Interstate 93 northbound.
Credit NHPR File Photo

Governor Chris Sununu says he's concerned by the public feud between the largest state employees union and the top managers of the New Hampshire Liquor Commission.

But, as NHPR's Josh Rogers reports, he says the commission's top manager has his confidence.

At issue is how the Liquor Commission handles large cash sales. The State Employees Association claims the commission is putting workers at risk by turning a blind eye to high-volume purchases that may violate IRS regulations.

This week the the union released a campaign ad-style video calling for new management at the commission. In response, the commission derided union leaders for engaging in what it portrayed as a well-orchestrated charade.

The governor says he hopes a forthcoming report from the Attorney General's office can clear up the disputes over high-volume cash sale. But he worries about the friction between the union and liquor commission managers.

"You want folks to work together as much as possible, even in areas of real disagreement, and this is a pretty contentious area," Sununu said.

He added that he remains confident in Liquor Commission chairman Joseph Mollica, who he says is doing a good job.