Fairfax Chamber backs McDonnell's ABC privatization plan
The Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce has come out in support of Gov. Bob McDonnell's plan to privatize the state's liquor system.
The group, which endorsed McDonnell last year, wrote a letter to the governor Thursday expressing support because of its "long-standing policy position of encouraging privatization of government services whenever possible" and the money the plan would produce for transportation.
McDonnell wants to auction off 1,000 licenses to sell liquor. The plan would provide a one-time windfall of $458 million for transportation and recurring revenue of $229 million a year through a series of fees.
"Although $400-$500 million -- estimated in your proposal and possibly only a one time infusion -- does not address the total monetary need to alleviate the Commonwealth's transportation crisis, we believe it is a reasonable option for consideration in building a plan to fully fund the transportation needs for Virginia,'' wrote Jim Corcoran, the chamber's president.
Read the full letter.
September 10, 2010; 10:35 AM ET
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