In the letter Norquist said:
Though this plan is not a net tax increase in its current form, there is room for improvement. Particularly, one major flaw in the proposal is the onerous tax rate of $17.50 per gallon that is set for distilled spirits. Under the current proposal, the tax rate would be above the national average, and the highest of any state surrounding Virginia. We urge Governor McDonnell and the legislature to reduce the spirits rate to a reasonable level that is regionally competitive.
ATR fully supports privatization of ABC and other entities. Privatization encourages competition and the ability to create wealth in the private sector. Furthermore, there is no good reason why the state should be in the liquor business. Eliminating this government monopoly is a step in the right direction and a victory for free enterprise. If you have any questions, please contact Nathan Pick, state affairs manager, at 202.785.0266.