Two Northern Va. Lawmakers Voice Skepticism On Liquor Plan At Town Hall | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

Two Northern Va. Lawmakers Voice Skepticism On Liquor Plan At Town Hall

Play associated audio
State Senator Toddy Puller and State Delegate Scott Surovell both say the Governor's ABC Privatization plan doesn't make financial sense for Virginia.
Jonathan Wilson
State Senator Toddy Puller and State Delegate Scott Surovell both say the Governor's ABC Privatization plan doesn't make financial sense for Virginia.

By Jonathan Wilson

In Virginia, two Democratic state lawmakers from Fairfax County held a town hall meeting to discuss the Governor's liquor store privatization plan with local voters Monday night.

Governor Bob McDonnell says the sale of liquor licenses would raise a one-time revenue bump of nearly $500 million for transportation needs, but would come up about $20 million short of matching the revenue state liquor stores bring in annually right now.

That isn't close enough for freshman democratic state Delegate Scott Surovell, who co-hosted the town hall with state Senator Toddy Puller.

"We had to cut secondary education, for the first time in the state we cut Medicaid," says Surovell of this year's budget process. "Anytime you're talking about pinching the general fund more than we already have is going to be a really hard sell."

Tess Ailshire was one of the few people at the town hall to speak in favor of privatizing state liquor stores. She says she isn't so concerned about the revenue, she just doesn't think the government should be in the business of selling liquor.

"I don't think the state should profit from any kind of retail business." says Ailshire.

Both Surovell and Puller say unless the Governor makes serious changes to his plan, he does not have the votes to get it approved.

NPR

How One Poet's 'Genius Grant' Became A Gift To Future Generations

Amy Clampitt was named a MacArthur genius in 1992. Today, the home she bought with her award money is used to house rising poets in tuition-free residencies.
NPR

Edible Packaging? Retailers Not Quite Ready To Ditch The Wrapper

To reduce waste, some enterprising companies are trying to roll out products that make the package part of the snack — edible packaging. But selling it to the retail market is trickier than it seems.
WAMU 88.5

Majority Of Virginians Support Medicaid Expansion, According To Poll

Nearly two-thirds of Virginians support expanding Medicaid in Virginia, according to a new poll released this morning, but they are also skeptical whether the federal government can pay its share.
NPR

When The Power's Out, Solar Panels May Not Keep The Lights On

With the price of solar panels falling, more municipalities and homeowners are installing them. But having solar panels doesn't mean you won't lose power in a blackout — at least not yet.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.