Per a News & Observer report, the chairman of the North Carolina Alcohol Beverage Control Commission (ABC) Jon Williams expects a debate on whether to privatize liquor sales in our state. The Commission continues to assess what the system is worth.
Recently, ethics issues within the state’s archaic liquor distribution system have arisen in Greensboro, New Hanover County and in Mecklenburg County. Furthermore, a Program Evaluation Division Report, which can be found here, outlines a list of problems facing the ABC System which could be solved through privatization. Recently, I wrote about Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell’s (R) desire to privatize the liquor system in his state.
It is good to hear that a debate on privatization of the archaic system is forthcoming. According to a February 2010 Civitas poll, the people favor privatization by a 47%-37% margin.