Perdue against private liquor sales
RALEIGH (AP) — Gov. Beverly Perdue announced this morning she is opposed to privatizing liquor sales in North Carolina.
The Democrat announced her views at a conference put on by the N.C. 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.
Local governments and social conservatives have been suspicious about changing a system they argue works well at controlling consumption while providing government revenues.
The state ABC Commission hired a consultant last year to perform a financial appraisal on the system.