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Distilleries Ask Va. Gov to Nix Booze Price Hike

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP)- More than a dozen Virginia distilleries are asking Gov. Terry McAuliffe to nix a plan to raise prices at state-owned liquor stores.

As part of a move to close a $2.4 billion budget gap, McAuliffe directed the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to increase liquor prices. The agency has not yet decided how or when it will raise prices.

In a letter sent to McAuliffe on Thursday, the state's distillers said producers already face an uphill battle in Virginia and prices at the 350 state-run stores are already exorbitant because sales are controlled by the state.

The move to increase prices comes as Virginia saw record alcohol sales of $801 million in the latest fiscal year.

McAuliffe spokesman Brian Coy did not immediately comment on the letter.

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