Summary

The Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America (BPAA) is the leading voice for over 3,500 bowling centers across the nation. We represent and work to empower bowling proprietors as they work to innovate their business, serve their consumers, and lead in their communities.

BPAA, led by its Government Affairs Committee, represents the bowling industry’s interests at the federal and state level. At the federal level, we are engaged on issues of tax, labor, alcohol, health care, and small business. At the state level, we work with our state associations and are engaged on issues of tax, labor, alcohol, food and beverage, and gaming.

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Members of the BPAA Government Affairs Team traveled to Washington D.C. in early October 2017 to meet with Members of Congress and senior level staff to discuss tax reform and how it affects BPAA and the bowling industry. From left to right: Bob Stubler (IL), Roger Nyquist (OR), Gary Forman (CA), Reggie Frederick (WA), Steve Wiemer (MO), and BPAA Executive Director Frank DeSocio (KS).

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Members of the BPAA Government Affairs Team meet with a senior level tax policy staffer in Washington D.C.

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BPAA Executive Director Frank DeSocio (far left), along with the rest of the BPAA delegation, listens to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) at an event in Washington D.C.

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Reggie Frederick, owner of Chalet Bowl in Tacoma, WA, met with his U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA-6) while in Washington, D.C. Rep. Kilmer visits Chalet Bowl with his family.

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Tax Foundation Reports - How High are Spirits Taxes in Your State?: Compared to taxes on alcoholic beverages such as wine and beer, distilled spirits are taxed at much higher rates across the states, ostensibly to adjust for higher alcohol content. Today’s map shows how spirits excise taxes in your state compare. Data for this map comes from the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States. To allow for comparability across states, they use a methodology that calculates implied excise tax rat...
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BPAA State Policy Update - March 12

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This week was very active for state tax debates. Georgia, Idaho, and Oregon passed bills reacting to the federal tax cut, as Maryland and other states made headway on their own responses. Florida lawmakers sent a harmful "supermajority" constitutional amendment to voters.
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BPAA State Policy Update - February 23

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TAX UPDATENew York State: New York state’s tax code would undergo the most sweeping overhaul in decades under much anticipated legislation proposed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo (D) Feb. 15. The legislation, submitted to the Legislature for approval as part of the FY 2019 state budget, would shift tax liability for many New Yorkers from the personal income tax to a new payroll tax and two charitable funds. It would also decouple the state tax code from the federal code to address ...
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With the new year, we would like to point you towards a tax map that was recently published by the tax foundation.
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Bloomberg Law -- California. Maryland. New Jersey. New York. Pennsylvania. These states are joining number of others in proposing policy changes to bypass federal tax law changes that eliminate many deductions and alter the way businesses are treated.
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