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Transportation group backs McDonnell's ABC privatization plan

Anita Kumar

The Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance, a business-supported group that lobbies for transportation funding, is backing Gov. Bob McDonnell's proposal to privatize the state's liquor system.

But the group wants to ensure that the proposal is just one piece of a larger transportation plan for the state.

"It is the Alliance's recommendation that rather than a stand-alone proposal, the sale of ABC stores should be part of a broader proposal that includes new or expanded sustainable transportation revenue streams,'' said David Guernsey, the group's past chairman, in a statement released Friday. "Such an approach, in the Alliance's view, not only comes closer to meeting the commonwealth's transportation needs, but also is likely to command even greater bipartisan and bicameral support."

McDonnell (R) estimates that privatizing the stores could bring in a one-time windfall of $300 million to $800 million for transportation.

By Anita Kumar  |  August 27, 2010; 3:30 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Liquor privatization , Robert F. McDonnell , Transportation  
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Comments

Now,he just needs the support of Rev. Lovejoy and the other holier-than-thou Baptist ministers

Posted by: LloydtheIdiot | August 27, 2010 10:49 PM | Report abuse

Great, another brilliant government solution to sell something for a one-time windfall instead of looking at a steady stream of income over many years. It is estimated that the stores bring in around 100 million dollars a year so you do the math. This is a bad deal for VA taxpayers. Enough of the short term thinking and leaving our childred to fix the mess.

Posted by: Thinkformyself | August 28, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

"One-time windfall"

Pretty much sums up the GOP philosophy of governance. Whatever works for one election cycle is the best solution, the future be damned.

Posted by: st50taw | August 30, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

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