Saslaw: ABC privatization won't cover the cost of an overpass
Virginia Senate Majority Leader Richard Saslaw told the Alexandria City Council that the one-time transportation funds coming to Northern Virginia from Gov. Bob McDonnell's ABC privatization proposal would not even cover the cost of an overpass.
Saslaw (D-Fairfax) said if the governor's original proposal to privatize ABC stores in the commonwealth managed to generate $500 million, about $110 million would come to Northern Virginia. The senator said if the governor kept the state's wholesale liquor industry, but sold the retail stores, that would generate an estimated $300 million, sending some $60 million to $65 million to Northern Virginia.
That is "not even an overpass in Tysons Corner," Saslaw said.
This week McDonnell (R) hired an outside vendor, PFM Group, to study the state's liquor system. Several legislators and lobbyists reported they have been speaking with the governor's office about keeping the wholesale side of the business.
Saslaw's comments came at a joint meeting between the Alexandria City Council and the Alexandria delegation to the General Assembly.
The council, fearing privatization, asked the delegation to oppose any limits over its zoning authority over stores selling hard liquor, said Bernard Caton, the city's legislative director. The city wants full authority to place any new stores in approved areas.
Arlington County has proposed a similar stance in their legislative priorities, which will be discussed on Saturday.
At this point, Saslaw said, McDonnell does not have the votes. The governor has about half of the 51 votes needed from the house and about one-third of the 21 Senate votes needed to pass the proposal, said Saslaw, who noted that in his many years in office he has "never gotten a single complaint about ABC."
A public hearing will be held on Saturday regarding Alexandria's legislative priorities.
| November 9, 2010; 8:43 PM ET
Categories: Alexandria, Arlington County, Christy Goodman, Liquor privatization, Robert F. McDonnell
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