Whipple: Not enough time to judge McDonnell's ABC proposal
Sen. Mary Margaret Whipple (D-Fairfax) said this week it will be "virtually impossible" to vote for Gov. Bob McDonnell's proposal to privatize the state's liquor system Wednesday if she does not receive details before the meeting.
Whipple is one of nine members of the Government Simplification & Operations Committee of McDonnell's government reform commission, which is scheduled to meet and vote Wednesday after a presentation on the ABC proposal.
But so far, Whipple said she has received very little information from the governor's staff despite repeated requests for more information. Her last meeting with Eric Finkbeiner, McDonnell's senior adviser for policy, took place last week. She received no specific figures and nothing in writing.
Whipple said she is trying to keep an open mind, but she said she remains concerned about the increase in stores and if the state will be able to keep receiving nearly $250 million a year in taxes and profit.
The full government reform commission will vote on the proposal Oct. 4.
McDonnell is leaning toward auctioning off an undetermined number of licenses to the highest bidders. He plans to call legislators back for a special session this year to address privatization of liquor stores and other government reform measures.
September 2, 2010; 11:59 AM ET
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