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McDonnell: ABC privatization will not boost crime, consumption or drunk driving

Anita Kumar

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) said this morning that he does not think his proposal to privatize the state's 332 liquor stores will result in an increase in car crashes, crime or consumption.

"All the data shows there is no difference in drunk driving or crime whatsoever between control states and between privatized states,'' McDonnell said on his monthly call-in show on WNIS in Norfolk. "There are only 18 states that only have the government monopoly on the distribution of alcohol, but not beer or wine and Virginia's one of them. I think it's a vestige of the past.''

McDonnell also said in an interview last week with The Washington Post that he does not think that Virginians will drink more alcohol if the state allows private companies to open a total of 800 stores, as is being considered. But, he said, 15 to 20 percent of residents will be more likely to buy their alcohol in the state instead of traveling to Maryland or the District.

McDonnell's staff is leaning toward auctioning off an undetermined number of licenses to the highest bidder. Companies would be limited in the number of licenses they could buy, and some would be set aside for small, women-owned or minority-owned businesses.

McDonnell will hold his second town hall meeting on the plan at 7 p.m. tonight at Old Dominion University in Norfolk.

By Anita Kumar  |  August 9, 2010; 12:00 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Robert F. McDonnell  
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