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McDonnell vows to “answer every concern” legislators have on ABC privatization

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Democrats in the Virginia Senate are ruling out Governor Bob McDonnell‘s plan to privatize to ABC stores before he even unveils his formal proposal.

Following the Governor’s address on the state surplus, Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw said that he believes the concept will have no success in his house.

“I would say right now it would not pass the Senate, nor is it even close,” he said.

Thursday night Governor McDonnell held his third town hall on government reform where he built his case on getting the state out of the liquor business.  The Governor said that Senator Saslaw is getting ahead of himself.  “I don’t have a plan announced yet, so it seems to be a little premature,” he said. Adding, “All Senator Saslaw wants to do is raise taxes.” McDonnell said that he will answer every concern the legislature may have on topic.

You can see my complete report on the ABC debate on NBC12.com.

Also earlier that day on NBC12 First at 4 we welcomed two people with expertise on the topic of ABC privatization. Paul Goldman and Norman Leahy outlined arguments against and for the idea respectively. You can see their very interesting discussion below.

You can see a complete transcript from the Goldman-Leahy debate on NBC12.com

Written by Ryan Nobles

August 20, 2010 at 12:06 am

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