McDonnell embarks on statewide tour to sell ABC privatization plan
Gov. Bob McDonnell will hit the road next month to sell his plan to privatize the state's 332 liquor stores.
McDonnell (R) will hold eight town hall meetings across the state starting Wednesday. Stops will be in Roanoke, Norfolk, Chester, Fredericksburg, Fairfax, Harrisonburg, Danville and Bristol.
The governor formed a commission to consider closing some of the state's 130 agencies, putting more forms online, eliminating annual reports and selling the state's liquor stores.
McDonnell's staff recently unveiled four options for privatizing the state's liquor stores: selling all of the state's alcohol assets to a single company; having firms take over the state's existing stores; offering licenses to the 3,000 businesses that sell beer and wine; and auctioning an undetermined number of licenses to the highest bidder.
Thursday his staff announced the commission has postponed its final full meeting from Aug. 26 to Sept. 13 to allow more time before members vote on its recommendations to the governor.
"In a tough economy, why should we miss out on hundreds of millions of dollars for roads just so the state government can retain a monopoly on the sale of bourbon and vodka?'' McDonnell said in a statement. "We need to get roads built, and we need to refocus government on its core responsibilities. Privatizing ABC will accomplish both goals, and I'm going to talk about this proposal at each one of our town halls. I know Virginians will be able to help us privatize ABC the right way by sharing their experiences and good ideas."
See the full list of town hall meetings below:
Aug. 4: 7-8:30.p.m.
Roanoke County Administration Center
Board of Supervisors Board Room
5204 Bernard Dr.
Aug. 9:7-8:30 p.m.
Old Dominion University
Webb University Center - Hampton/Newport News Room
4201 Hampton Blvd.
Aug. 19: 7-8:30 p.m.
Cultural Center of India
6641 Ironbridge Parkway
Aug. 24: 7-8:30 p,m,
University of Mary Washington
Lee Hall - Room 412
1301 College Ave.
Northern Virginia Technology Council Auditorium
2214 Rock Hill Road, Suite 300
James Madison University
East Campus Dining Hall - Montpelier Room
800 S. Main Street
Aug. 30: 7-8:30pm
Institute for Advanced Learning and Research
150 Slayton Ave.
Aug. 31: 7-8:30p.m.
Bristol Public Library
J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room
701 Goode Street
July 29, 2010; 4:00 PM ET
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