AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The LePage administration says it will use the traditional request-for-proposals process in soliciting bids for Maine's wholesale liquor contract after lawmakers expressed concerns over the administration's proposal to directly negotiate the contract.
In a letter Wednesday, Financial and Administrative Services Commissioner Sawin Millett said his department decided last week to publish a request for proposals for the contract. Millett said the RFP process is the most fair and transparent.
The Bangor Daily News (http://bit.ly/UuOdnT) says Millett's letter was written in response to a letter from Sen. Roger Katz raising concerns over the administration's proposal to use a "negotiated bid" process.
The current liquor contract held by Maine Beverage Co. expires in 2014.
Officials hope a new contract brings in more money to the state and lowers prices to the consumer.
Information from: Bangor Daily News, http://www.bangordailynews.com