Perdue opposes change in liquor sales

Beverly Perdue

January 20, 2011 5:18:14 PM PST
Gov. Beverly Perdue said Thursday it's not a good idea for North Carolina to privatize liquor sales.

The Democrat announced her views at a conference put on by the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners in Durham.

Perdue has said for months she was interested in examining the pros and cons of changing the current Alcoholic Beverage Control system in which more than 400 government-run stores sell liquor. The General Assembly would have to approve any change.

Perdue said Thursday the system has worked well at controlling alcohol for 70 years.

Perdue says information from a consultant shows the state would receive around $300 million by giving licenses to outside retailers to sell liquor. But she says she doesn't want to be the governor that puts liquor in every retail or convenience store.

Perdue says the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission is trying to make the more than 400 government-run local stores more profitable.

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