Senator asks state auditors to doublecheck McDonnell's ABC plan
A leading Democrat in the state senate has formally asked the legislature's audit arm to review the figures in Gov. Bob McDonnell's proposal to privatize the state-run liquor system.
In a letter sent Tuesday, Sen. R. Edward Houck (D-Spotsylvania) requested that the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission perform an analysis of the impact on the Commonwealth of McDonnell's proposal, including the plans revenue projections for upfront cash from the sale of retail and wholesale licenses, its predictions of ongoing revenues from a new taxing structure for a private system and the plan's suggested use of money from the sale of the system for transportation.
Several skeptical lawmakers have suggested that instead of adopting McDonnell's plan outright, the General Assembly should ask JLARC to study privatization more thoroughly.
Houck's request seems aimed at a quicker turnaround--a double-check on the assumptions and projections made as part of the governor's complex proposal before the legislature meets in a special session to consider any plan. McDonnell has indicated he plans to call a session this fall; in the letter, Houck indicates that he believes McDonnell plans the session for November.
Houck writes that Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Colgan (D-Prince William) has also endorsed a JLARC analysis.
| September 22, 2010; 11:05 AM ET
Categories: Liquor privatization, Robert F. McDonnell, Rosalind Helderman, State Senate
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