ABC, It’s Easy As 1,2,3

By Tyler Cralle, in Blog North Carolina Tyler Cralle on . Tagged width: ,

After an audit last week that found that ABC Commission spends money like Charlie Shen on Vegas bender the calls for privatizing the ABC system are getting louder.  Henderson Republican legislator, Chuck McGrady, says lawmakers should fix the broken system…

“Most states use a licensure model that allows the private sector to sell and distribute liquor, said Rep. Chuck McGrady, R-Henderson. “I think we need to consider moving to a more modern licensure model where the state would license liquor sales and distribution just like it already does for wine, beer, and hard cider.” http://bit.ly/2vFKMqD

Things were so bad in that audit that even the News & Observer was addressing questions about the government control…

The News & Observer, The Charlotte Observer and The Herald-Sun have a new project, called CuriousNC, that invites you to help us discover the stories you’re most interested in reading. One reader recently asked us “Why does no one think it’s weird that the government sells us our alcohol? Has anyone tried to overturn these laws or start their own store?” http://bit.ly/2MmitqJ

The good news for privatizers is that the legislature is trending in their direction.  Legislation in the mid-aughts helped spurn the current craft brewery boom that we are currently witnessing.  The Brunch Bill last year eased alcohol sales on Sunday morning.  However, it has not been all unicorns and rainbows.  Last year, special interest succeeded in removing almost all the teeth from a craft brewery bill that would have allowed brewers to have more control over their distribution.  Momentum may be building for privatizers but they do still have a long way to go.

FINAL THOUGHT: Government can’t do much.  However, the one thing it can do is protect its own interest.  If you think the state s going to give up that cash cow without a fight you haven’t been paying attention.  The ABC Commission’s fight is going to make the Deep State’s fight against Trump look like a sorority girls pillow fight…

 

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