State Policy Updates

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Minimum Wage

Bowling centers around the country hire tens of thousands of part time employee’s and teenagers to work in our places of business. Numerous states and localities across the country are attempting to mandate raises to the minimum wage. BPAA opposes government mandates to increase the minimum wage.

Wages should be set by the local market and the business owner not the government. The minimum wage is intended to be an entry-level or training wage, not a living wage for families. Mandating an exorbitant increase in the minimum wage would place yet another burden on bowling proprietors’ ability to grow our operations and workforce. The majority of bowling centers are family-owned and operated small businesses that are the hubs of our communities and job creators. Additional regulations on our businesses will hurt not only our businesses, but also the communities we serve. The government should reduce mandates on business so bowling centers can expand and thrive.

BPAA opposes government mandates to increase the minimum wage and encourages government to engage with bowling proprietors about the issue to fully understand how businesses, consumers, and our communities would be affected by such mandates.

Sugar Tax

BPAA is in favor of healthy life styles of children to adults. However, BPAA is opposed to creating a sugar tax on beverages. This tax hinders consumer free choice and in many cases creates a new level of bureaucracy to manage this tax. A soda tax does not solve the problems it is supposed to fix.

While there is no national sugar tax, many municipalities and some states have introduced or have passed a tax that would levy a tax of one to two cents per ounce on sugar sweetened and/or some artificially sweetened drinks. California, Connecticut, Maryland, Vermont, and Washington have introduced their own legislation and Philadelphia, Boulder, Berkley, Seattle and San Francisco have passed a tax. The revenue raised by this tax and how the municipalities or the states use the revenue varies. One example in Cook County, IL directs the revenue to their general fund to reduce their budget short fall. So while advocates may urge for these taxes to help limit the intake of sugary drinks in the name of healthy living and fighting obesity, businesses are penalized and the use of the revenue does not support the reason for the tax.

BPAA opposes the soda tax.

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