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There -- -- going on in the Old Dominion Virginia at the forefront of a number of national issues right now not always a state challenging health care and immigration reform.
Now governor Bob McDonnell's pushing a plan to privatize the state only liquor stores.
Governor McDonnell of Virginia joining us right now he has turned a budget deficit into a surplus in the state once again named by a number of organizations as.
To do business of governor Arnold your PR people told you this but you -- Winchester guy and a Brooke -- girl right here so we're bones were.
Virginia Tech she would squad as they that's great virgin I gave attacks when -- Virginia Tech for governor thank you very much for joining us.
Before get to the bigger issue is a wanna talk like that -- run this state stuff.
Sure people outside of the state may not gonna call ABC route I'll never -- -- you -- -- -- -- you -- -- solemn.
How much money do you think he can raise by doing that.
We think estimates are afraid of 500 million dollars or more one time licenses that that we -- Want to put all that money into transportation.
I just don't think the government ought to be in the liquor business 32 states already have private sales only eighteen -- Control states -- goes back 76 years to the repeal of prohibition.
And I think it's the right decision for what the core functions of government -- which is not distributing alcohol.
Let the private sector get involved raise money for transportation I think it's a winner.
Governor is this more of a philosophical issue created a financial one -- you mention the one the one time they need you we get firm from selling distributor ships.
But what about in the long run because the amount of money that the state brings in and profits in taxes is -- access.
Of the budget surplus right now 220 million dollars and wouldn't you have to could you get make profits on the liquor and the 20% excise tax.
How are you going to make that up long haul without essentially taxing liquor even more.
What we're not gonna we're -- -- -- -- we're gonna keep that.
That same amount that'll be part of the proposal 105 million dollars and mark up would stay the same it would be something added to the calls to the -- retailers and the taxes will remain exactly the same whether they're government monopoly or what is the private sector so.
I think that's not an issue that legislators will have to worry about what are a proposal we'll have the -- -- of enforcement there's no material difference.
And anything for binge drinking to deal lies between control states and private states.
So I think it's a great way to make money for transportation not diminish -- the -- fund.
And let the free market the private sector take over what they've been doing for beer and wine for eighty years.
Yet you know the town hall meeting in Roanoke Virginia last night where the people behind -- You anticipate -- struggle with us.
Well yeah there's always some of struggle for people to think that it might hurt their business or people -- have.
Some concerns based on either safety or too many liquor stores things like that I think what our final proposals announced shortly.
Now that most -- officials will be addressed there were three or four comments some for at some.
One against that but over -- overall I think when people see.
What it will do to provide choice convenience same -- -- safety but a windfall for transportation.
-- will have pretty good support we had about 250 people -- out there to comment on our government reform generally this is part of a much bigger effort.
To be able to find ways to reduce the size and scope of -- make government work better more efficiently just like businesses and families are having to do with its economic downturn.
And -- we got some good ideas that we'll get a lot more in the next month.
And speaking of the downturn and this is dead a bit of a more personal question -- applies to the whole country.
Terms of creating jobs I'm from south -- Virginia and the jobs they are whether with tobacco farming in textiles and furniture manufacturing.
Have disappeared over the last two decades and how do you bring jobs back to areas that have suffered so.
You're right it's been devastating down -- double digit chronic unemployment for.
Well over -- -- decade with textiles and furniture a tip my first priority this session of the legislature Jennie yours to get a number of new incentives.
Tax instead of grants governor's opportunity -- Monday.
And we are aggressively promoting Virginia around the country and around the world -- just got back from Europe -- we promoted.
Manufacturing businesses come at a Southside we're taking all tobacco settlement money.
To put in two new site facilities to develop for manufacturing in south side so.
It is a top priority and we understand people's -- that are hurting and though we want to reduce the double digit unemployment level dramatically.
-- well you are challenging the constitutionality.
Of Health Care Reform for the state you wanna allow state troopers to investigate.
Immigration status -- rocket -- governor.
You're going to be at the forefront of a couple of very hot button national issues how far are you willing to go with both of these.
Well we were the first state to pass a law that I signed a couple months ago saying that it was not legal in Virginia to force.
A citizen of our state to buy a product such -- insurance.
We were the first state to file suit in the federal judges ruled a couple days ago that the government federal government's motion to dismiss was not proper so we will go.
To its merits this is a critically important constitutional question not just dealing with health care but the extent of federal power.
We don't think that the commerce clause in the United States constitution is broad enough.
To allow the federal government to force a citizen to buy health insurance and if you don't.
To have a fine it's critically -- I don't think our founders many of over -- -- -- find out to be an appropriate use of federal power.
When the Hokies for the cavaliers who do you root for.
I won't make you guys -- both I have a daughter go out.
I have a daughter go and attack and two sons go to UV I love both.
And you you are good governor Bob McDonnell of Virginia thank you very much up.
They're great to be with you thanks very much -- where.
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