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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Federal Policy Update Sept. 8th

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Tax Reform Details To Be Released Soon: The Trump administration and Republican leaders in Congress reached some final decisions on a tax reform framework at a meeting this week.
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State Policy Update Aug 25th

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Pennsylvania: A new report about Philadelphia’s sugar tax done by Catalina, a data and media firm, found that sales of sugary drinks have plummeted in Philadelphia since they city began taxing the beverages at 1.5 cents per ounce in January 2017, but the opposite has been true just outside the city limits.
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Federal Policy Update - August 25

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Tax Reform and Administration’s Priorities for Tax Reform by Year End: Gary Cohn, Director of the National Economic Council, shared with Financial Times that President Trump is pushing to pass tax reform by the end of the year and that Trump’s agenda and calendar will revolved around getting it done.
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State Policy Update Aug 11th

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USDA and Illinois: On August 7, the Department of Agriculture told the Illinois Department of Human Services that Cook County's newly implemented soda tax defies a federal statute that bars state or local sales taxes from being collected on items purchased with SNAP benefits.
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Federal Policy Update Aug 11th

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Senator Hatch Speaks of Bipartisan Efforts to Achieve Tax Reform Through Regular Order: Senate Finance Committee Chairman Hatch reiterated in an interview with Reuters and released a statement last week about “the importance of working through each of the tax-writing committees – in a bipartisan way” to craft tax reform legislation.
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