Governor Bev Perdue told the NC Association of County Commissioners on Thursday she is not inclined to  privatize liquor sales in the state to help close the state’s buget deficit.
Having examined an independent review of the potential profitability of selling North Carolina’s control system, Perdue said it was clear to her the the value of the sale (about $300 million) would not significantly offset the risk involved to the state’s health and safety.
Earlier this month on News & Views with Chris Fitzsimon, Senator Josh Stein  (D-Wake County) also expressed his reservations in abandoning the current state-run liquor distribution system. To hear Senator Stein’s take on privatization, please click below:
House Speaker-elect Thom Tillis (R-Mecklenburg County) has said legislators will complete their own assessment as they decide which areas of state government may be privatized.