Tea party groups endorse liquor privatization
The Virginia Tea Party Patriot Federation, the umbrella group of tea party organizations in the state, endorsed proposals Monday to privatize state liquor stores.
Mark Lloyd, the group's chairman, said the federation prefers privatizing the entire 76-year-old system, which includes wholesale, distribution and retail, but doesn't think such a broad proposal will pass the General Assembly this session.
The group supports both Gov. Bob McDonnell's proposal to privatize retail stores and a bill introduced by Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg) to privatize the wholesale and retail portions of the system.
"Currently, ABC is in a conflicted position as a state agency that both regulates and competes with privately-owned businesses across the Commonwealth," said Mark Lloyd, chairman of the Virginia Tea Party Patriots Federation. "It must be nice to have that competitive advantage in the marketplace. This policy will lead to more private sector jobs and higher revenues for the state government."
Lloyd said the federation will be contacting legislators to encourage support of the bills and will monitor their votes.
| January 31, 2011; 2:57 PM ET
Categories: Anita Kumar, General Assembly 2011, House of Delegates, Liquor privatization, Robert F. McDonnell, State Senate
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