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McDonnell ABC plan receives support from transportation construction industry

Anita Kumar

The leading organizations representing the Virginia transportation construction industry
Thursday announced their support of Gov. Bob McDonnell's plan to privatize the state's liquor system.

Seven groups representing more than 500 companies released a statement saying that the proposal should be just one piece of a larger transportation plan for the state.

"We believe the revenues from privatization represent a positive first step in building a plan for statewide transportation improvements,'' they wrote in a statement. "Doing so would enable Virginia to continue to offer a high quality of life both for its citizens and for the businesses that depend upon a modern, efficient transportation network."

McDonnell has received resistance from members of both parties for his proposal, which calls for auctioning off 1,000 licenses to sell liquor. His 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.

McDonnell has slowly been rolling out endorsements for the plan to combat a steady stream of negative press.

Last week, the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce and the Virginia Retail Merchants Association endorsed the plan.

Thursday, the groups include the Virginia Transportation Construction Alliance, Old Dominion Highway Contractors Association, Associated General Contractors of Virginia, Heavy Construction Contractors Association, Virginia Ready-Mixed Concrete Association, Richmond Area Municipal Contractors Association and the American Council of Engineering Companies of Virginia.

By Anita Kumar  |  September 16, 2010; 2:21 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Liquor privatization , Robert F. McDonnell , Transportation  
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Why, of course they would support it!!! It's money in THEIR pocket ...What about all the UNEMPLOYED workers who WILL lose their jobs?? WHO is going to pay for that?? Is THAT FIGURE added into HIS GREATNESS'S calculations?? This is an IDIOTIC IDEA!! ARE YOU ready to make up the DIFFERENCE after THE PARTY IS OVER IN 1 OR 2 YEARS ?? I am NOT... I pay enough taxes as it is..

Posted by: nwcmbrg57 | September 17, 2010 11:41 PM | Report abuse

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