State alcohol board delays pricing adjustments

STATE-NEWSRICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ A move to raise prices for liquor in Virginia is being delayed due to an outdated provision in state law that addresses price markups. The Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Board voted Wednesday to delay and change the pricing adjustments. The adjustments are part of Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s plan to plug a $2.4 billion gap in the two-year state budget. Last month, the board approved plans to raise prices on miniature bottles and double the $1 case handling fee. Those hikes are being delayed until Dec. 16. Media outlets report that an additional plan to round up the last digit of all prices is being delayed until Jan. 1. Altogether, officials say the changes are to raise the price for a $15 bottle by 25 to 30 cents.

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