Governor McDonnell looks to sell off ABC stores to fix roads
By Kyle Maichle
During an appearance on WTOP radio in Washington, D.C., the Governor said he would ask the General Assembly to consider legislation to privatize stores operated by the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. The plan would raise an estimated $300 to $500 million to fund major road construction projects along with an extension of the Washington, D.C. Metrorail system to Dulles International Airport.
The plan calls for 332 stores run by the ABC to be sold in one of four ways. Those include selling all the stores to one company, auctioning off individual stores to the highest bidder, having firms take over stores, or let establishments that currently hold liquor licenses to purchase the stores. The Governor said: "I don't think selling alcohol is a core function of government." McDonnell also stated: "I don't think it's a core function of government to do it and I think the private sector can run the stores more efficiently."
McDonnell's plan would be considered on August 26, 2010, when the Government Reform Commission is scheduled to meet. The Reform Commission is a task force created by the Governor. There could be the possibility that the General Assembly may be called into special session during the Fall of 2010 to consider the plan along with other privatization proposals.
- Richmond Times Dispatch, "McDonnell will push ABC sale as a windfall for roads," July 27, 2010
- McDonnell for Governor, "McDonnell Unveils Comprehensive Statewide Transportation Plan," July 21, 2009
- The Washington Post, "McDonnell says sale of liquor stores will provide 'windfall' for state," July 27, 2010