Fraternal Order of Police endorses McDonnell liquor privatization
The Virginia Fraternal Order of Police announced Tuesday that the organization supports Gov. Bob McDonnell's proposal to privatize state-run liquor stores.
The endorsement is a key vote of support from the law enforcement community, which had earlier expressed some concerns about the possible impact of privatization. A spokeswoman from the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police had said that the group would probably remain neutral on the issue but had been meeting with McDonnell's staff to express a series of concerns about raising the number of spirits outlets.
The FOP called the proposal "a rational approach of alternative funding" that "will provide much-needed funds to help solve the state's transportation problems."
"These transportation problems include making the state safer through better roads, safer bridges and improved traffic control, all resulting in less accidents and better living for all of the citizens of the our state. We recognize that a good transportation system, just like a well paid and well trained law enforcement community, are the necessary elements to promote a peaceful and productive society. We applaud the Governor and support this effort to make Virginia a better place to live and work," the organization's statement continued.
The nod marks the second endorsement of the day for the governor, who is working to build a coalition to support his plan, which he says would raise $458 million in a cash windfall for transportation improvements by selling licenses to private liquor wholesalers and auctioning licenses to 1,000 retailers. Earlier, Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. announced that he backs the plan too, potentially blunting criticism from some social conservatives. Road construction trade groups, the Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance, the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce and the Virginia Retail Merchants Association have also said they're on board.
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