August 20, 2010
The Virginia Senate's leading Democrat says Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell's plan to privatize the state's liquor stores is dead in the Senate.
Sen. Dick Saslaw spoke Thursday as McDonnell continued his town hall-style rallies for selling state-owned Alcoholic Beverage Control stores and devoting the profits to fund transportation.
Saslaw told reporters after the governor addressed House and Senate budget committees that the proposal is far short of passing the Democratic-ruled Senate.
He ascribed it to concerns that the state can't make nearly enough money from selling the stores without tripling Virginia booze consumption.
McDonnell's latest forum for ABC privatization and other reforms is Thursday night in the Richmond suburb of Chester.