Governor Wants More Info On Liquor Privatizing

The state Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission is hiring an outside group to estimate the value of the North Carolina's liquor sales system to help Gov. Beverly Perdue decide if privatization makes sense.

Perdue said Monday she's directed commission chairman Jon Williams to get the figures. It's the strongest sign yet the governor is giving serious consideration to privatization. She said she also would make recommendations to the Legislature based on human costs such as whether the change would lead to more liquor consumption.

North Carolina is the only state where local ABC boards sell spirits. Local boards have been scrutinized after news the Wilmington-area board administrator made more than $250,000 annually and a liquor company treated Mecklenburg County board officials to a fancy dinner.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by fred Location: raleigh on Mar 3, 2010 at 11:25 AM
    why do the other 49 states do it differently than NC. Our leaders are the smartest or the dumbest in the union it appears. You pick.
  • by Linda Location: Vanceboro on Mar 3, 2010 at 08:12 AM
    when she gets the info i hope it comes with lots of pictures & maybe a pop-up book, she's not the brightest crayon in the box!
  • by Bill Location: Greenville on Mar 2, 2010 at 10:55 AM
    Bev was Mikes co-pilot for 8 years, she was privy to all his going ons. She campaigned for John. My complaint is with career politicians, reguardless of party affiliation. As far as the ABC issue, state run, overseen by the governor whoever that is, appointments by the governor whoever that is. Lack of control and cost. Responsibility, the governor whoever that is.
  • by More Truth Location: Eastern NC on Mar 2, 2010 at 09:00 AM
    Bill, I have never seen more idiotic or ridiculous statements. Stop trying to tie Governor Perdue to Mike Easly or John Edwards, she is neither one of those people. Did you have a point about liquor sales or did you just comment to slander Democrats?
  • by Darren Location: Outer Banks on Mar 2, 2010 at 08:49 AM
    Bev is actually making a smart decision or a change.
  • by Tony Location: GVegas on Mar 1, 2010 at 03:50 PM
    The privatly owned liquor stores in South Carolina seem to work so its time to make the change
  • by Dave Location: Wilson on Mar 1, 2010 at 01:44 PM
    For some reason we have been able to sell beer and wine in stores for decades and get the appropriate tax money for the state. We have tens of millions in real estate dedicated to state run liquor sales. Not to mention the backroom deals and the individuals making hundreds of thousands running the ABC boards.
  • by Bill Location: Greenville on Mar 1, 2010 at 01:32 PM
    You know the governor is going to hollywood in a couple of weeks. Maybe she is going to make a documentary on how to bankrupt a state and demoralize the people in four years or less, or maybe a short story about mike and mary easley, her idols, or maybe she heard that john edwards has recently made it big in a short film. god save us from career politicians.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 1, 2010 at 12:39 PM
    Agreed!
  • by George Location: Greenville on Mar 1, 2010 at 12:14 PM
    Dump the ALE stores and let liquor stores be privately owned! The state will cut expenses and still mkae money on the sales tax.
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