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Posted at 2:15 PM ET, 09/ 8/2010

McDonnell unveils liquor sales plan

By Washington Post Editors

Gov. Bob McDonnell's staff unveiled a proposal Wednesday to nearly triple the number of establishments that sell hard liquor in the state -- to 1,000 -- though the majority of new licenses would go to establishments where Virginians can already buy beer and wine, such as grocery and convenience stores.

McDonnell's staff, now briefing members of his government reform commission, argue that their plan raises money for state roads, almost fully replaces revenue that Virginia now receives from its ABC stores, expands the shelf space devoted to distilled spirits in the state while avoiding a proliferation of new liquor stores, and does not raise taxes.

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By Washington Post Editors  | September 8, 2010; 2:15 PM ET
Categories:  Virginia  
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"McDonnell's proposal also includes other fees, including a $17.50-per-gallon excise tax and a 1 percent tax on gross receipts, both charged to wholesalers."

how is that not raising taxes?

who is the fool, ronald mcdonnell or those who believe him?

Posted by: MarilynManson | September 8, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

soooo the state of VA is generating revenue by tripling the amount of liquor sold in the state?

Yes, let's have hard liquor even more accessible but go to hell if you drink too much or get pulled over while intoxicated.

Drink! but don't drink too much

Drink! but you better be over 21

Drink! but don't get in that car

Posted by: Bigfoot_has_a_posse | September 8, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Oh great, now we're going to have liquor stores on every corner like in DC...

Posted by: AdventurerVA | September 8, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

This is a rational mechanism to recoup moneys lost from the sale of the retail business; it is still a tax. Privatization will only be restricted by "time, place and manner" restrictions; the right to sell in commercial disticts will be absolute, and, therefore, potentially on every corner. This should not be news, as the governor promised to do just this if elected.

We will get used to the three foot tall letters on the windows advertising "$12.00 Canadian Mist!!" and, no doubt, "$10.99 Bud Light 18 Pack Cans." It is progress.

Posted by: RogerRamjet2 | September 8, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

I agree with McDonnell on many issues, but not this one. We don't need so much more hard liquor floating around Virginia in supermarkets or convenience stores especially. This is not a good way to raise money.

Posted by: JPA2009 | September 8, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

The idea that the only legal outlets for gambling (the lottery) and liquor are run by the Commonwealth is ludicrous. We can always argue about the ways in which we can destroy ourselves, but we do have our liberties. A change to privatization of alcohol sales is long overdue in Virginia. Goodbye ABC, good riddance.

Posted by: pgcorky | September 8, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Virginia needs more dead people, by DUI like it needs another POTHOLE...sure when people have the choice/option/temptation of chosing alcohol over nutrious food for their children... what do you think they will chose... NOT WHAT ONE MIGHT THINK~

Of course then you get the "dishonest" cashiers that will likely "assist" their "down-trodden" customers illegally acquire alcohol with food stamps...trust me there will be rampant cases of this next... really most cashiers are minors, and well not all have the best "record" and we find that AA has grown exponentially these past years and why can't a person just go to the grocery store for GROCERIES, what is with the TOYS, the ALCOHOL, THE FLURRY of non-essentials- TAXING food... It is time to stop the insanity.

If a person is too ashamed to go to the ABC store, then they don't need the alcohol. Alcohol theft in the grocery stores from minors is another issue... another way for "big government" to "create" the problem then come in with their INFLATE CAPE OF EGO- with a RESOLUTION to the problem...

Government needs to be put on the very injured reserve list & sit out of our lives for quite some time...

Are the states are paying to much to FEDERAL GOVERNMENT? Can't afford to pay their teachers, fix roads, looking for lame life treatening fixes for local economy, why not sell drugs to addicts...

If the states don't have money to manage their own states, it may be time to keep the money going to DC, instead of waiting for DC to give the states "their citizens' money back, to run their states" and of course it is given back out of proportion.

California, aka SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE...spending more money on a building, plane, fuel, crew and all that entails, when the state & federal governments are hurting for money. Yet, Speaker (mouthpiece) isn't wearing off the rack yet, maybe she should open up a liquor store on the plane, so she could meet the PUBLIC SHE WORKS FOR...november is a time to remember... VOTE RIGHT not color~

Posted by: NATURLUS | September 9, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Virginia needs more dead people, by DUI like it needs another POTHOLE...sure when people have the choice/option/temptation of choosing alcohol over nutritious food for their children... what do you think they will chose... NOT WHAT ONE MIGHT THINK~

Of course then you get the "dishonest" cashiers that will likely "assist" their "down-trodden" customers illegally acquire alcohol with food stamps...trust me there will be rampant cases of this next... really most cashiers are minors, and well not all have the best "record" and we find that AA has grown exponentially these past years and why can't a person just go to the grocery store for GROCERIES, what is with the TOYS, the ALCOHOL, THE FLURRY of non-essentials- TAXING food... It is time to stop the insanity.

If a person is too ashamed to go to the ABC store, then they don't need the alcohol. Alcohol theft in the grocery stores from minors is another issue... another way for "big government" to "create" the problem then come in with their INFLATE CAPE OF EGO- with a RESOLUTION to the problem...

Government needs to be put on the very injured reserve list & sit out of our lives for quite some time...

Are the states are paying too much to FEDERAL GOVERNMENT? Can't afford to pay their teachers, fix roads, looking for lame life threatening fixes for local economy, and then why not sell drugs to addicts...

If the states don't have money to manage their own states, it may be time to keep the money going to DC, instead of waiting for DC to give the states "their citizens' money back, to run their states" and of course it is given back out of proportion.

California, aka SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE...is spending more money on a building, plane, fuel, crew and all that entails, when the state & federal governments are hurting for money. Yet, Speaker (mouthpiece) isn't wearing off the rack yet, maybe she should open up a liquor store on the plane, so she could meet the PUBLIC SHE WORKS FOR...November is a time to remember... VOTE RIGHT not color~

Posted by: NATURLUS | September 9, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

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