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  • Friday, February 10, 2017 3:57 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Lawsuit Calls New Oklahoma Liquor Amendment Unconstitutional

    In the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year's, liquor stores like Byron's Liquor Warehouse, are packed. It's a marathon holiday season. "A lot of sweat, a lot of elbow grease but we make it through every year," Byron's General Manager Blake Cody said on Wednesday. "It's quite a bit, we do several, probably about a million dollars if not more. We have a lot of product coming in and out in the month of December," he continued.


  • Thursday, February 09, 2017 8:44 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Today, the Kansas Senate had cleared the committees calendar in order to debate the FY 17 Rescission Budget Bill, Taxes, and the Pooled Money Investment Board (PMIB).  However, that debate was delayed after Republicans held a caucus this morning and apparently decided there was not consensus to move forward today.

    Senators were scheduled to work all day on the Senate Floor and now have a free day on their hands.  Many will go home for the weekend with Friday a pro-forma day.  We expected to see many amendments proposed and debated to hash out a Senate position for closing out the current fiscal year which ends June 30 and faces a deficit of around $350 million.

    The bills to be debated are below along with links to the bill descriptions.

    SB 155 - State finances; requiring the KPERS board to liquidate the pooled money investment portfolio investment pursuant to K.SA. 2016 Supp. 75-2263; transferring money to the state general fund ...  The Governor recommended liquidating $317 million of the fund's investments to borrow for current year funding shortfalls.  The Senate committee recommended borrowing $100 million.

    SB 147 - Kansas income tax act;providing rate changes and determination of Kansas adjusted gross income andsunsetting certain modifications.  This bill eliminates the LLC exemption and increases income tax rates.  We expect to see many amendments proposing any imaginable combination of tax policies.  See bill explanation.

    SB 27 - Budget Rescission Legislation for adjustments to FY 17; reduces K-12 by 5% or $128 million, Regents by $23 million, and varying agency budgets by $3 million.

    See bill explanation document.

    The Senate will reconvene Friday at 8:00 a.m. pro-forma - meaning there will won't be any general orders or votes.

     

    Contacts: 

     Brian Davis, President - 316-990-1425   Email President          

     Amy Campbell, lobbyist – 785-969-1617   Email Lobbyist

     

      

                                           


  • Wednesday, February 08, 2017 3:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Upcoming event information:
    Public Hearing on HB 2282 & Legislative Luncheon Kansas Statehouse - 11:30 am Feb 14 Lunch / 1:30 pm Hearings Feb 13-14 Room 112-N
    Date: 13 Feb 2017 1:30 PM EST

    PUBLIC HEARING ON HB 2282 – House Commerce Committee

    Monday, February 13, (for proponents) 

    Tuesday, February 14, Luncheon and Hearing (for opponents) 

    Hearings will be in Room 112-N from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the State Capitol

    Tuesday Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. 1st Floor, North Wing

    Let’s have a great turnout to show legislators that Kansas small businesses do care about this issue!  Bring your families, employees, vendors, and friends.  The Committee has new members this year, who are not familiar with this legislation and the amount of public interest.  A big turnout sends a strong message.

    BE THERE!    RSVP for the Legislative Lunch and Hearing.

    KABR will host a luncheon Tuesday, February 14 beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the Statehouse on the 1st floor north wing outside the committee room.  Lunch will be followed by the hearing at 1:30 p.m. in Room 112-N.  Luncheon sponsored by KABR and Kansas Association for Responsible Liquor Laws.

    All attendees should schedule an appointment to meet with their legislators to make the most of their trip.  You need to call them now to get on their appointment schedule  - do not wait.  Let us know what you learn.  See instructions below.

    Contact Amy to submit written testimony and if you know law enforcement or other community members who will provide supportive testimony - Email Amy.  Testimony is due on Monday, so we will need to receive it by Sunday afternoon to make copies.

    Find the name of your State Senator and State Representative at www.openstates.org by entering your home address and then your store address.  You may have different legislators for each location.  The Statehouse Legislative Hotline can help to connect you by phone - 1-800-432-3924.

    Click here for contact information for members of the House Commerce Committee.  Please send them an email to OPPOSE HB 2282.

    KABR is working with our partners, including Keep Kansans in Business, the Kansas Wine and Spirits Wholesalers Association and the Kansas Association for Responsible Liquor Laws to effectively present our case within the time limitations.  To submit written testimony – email it to KABR at campbell525@sbcglobal.net by Sunday, February 11.  Your written statement should include your name, store or business name, address and phone/email contact information.  Round up your small business partners – banker, insurance rep, attorney, accountant, etc., to submit written testimony as well.  We will make sure that the copies are made and delivered to the committee secretary 24 hours in advance of the hearing

    Amy Campbell, lobbyist – 785-969-1617   

     


  • Tuesday, February 07, 2017 8:28 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    HB 2282 will have a public hearing in the House Commerce, Labor and Economic Development Committee next Monday and Tuesday.  Proponents will testify Monday, February 13 and Opponents will testify Tuesday, February 14.  The legislation would allow Big Box and Convenience Stores to sell strong beer and wine under a newly created Wine and Beer Retailers License.  Read the bill here.

    Please plan to come to Topeka to show your opposition!  Hearings will most likely start at 1:30 p.m. and end around 3:00 p.m.  We are hoping to provide lunch in the Capitol on Tuesday if we can secure the space.

    KABR will send more detailed information and an RSVP email very soon.

    ***********************************************

    Long time members of KABR know – the key to winning this issue is one on one relationships with your legislators.  It takes more than a 2 minute conversation to explain the complex concerns of retail liquor store owners.  As they get to know you and learn about your business, they are better able to understand the harmful effects of Uncork legislation.  As you develop an honest supportive relationship with your representative and senator, you are also more likely to receive information from them about the happenings at the Legislature.  If you do not know them already, reach out now to introduce yourself and to begin a conversation about why you hope they will support Kansas small businesses and oppose Uncork.  If they are local, request a meeting.

    Reach out to the members of the House Commerce Committee and your legislators now (see information below if you need help).  Face to face meetings are extremely valuable – either at the Statehouse in Topeka or while they are home on the weekends.  Emails and phone calls are also effective.  It is very important that our members get active now on this issue, or we will find ourselves behind the ball once a public hearing is finally scheduled.   

    Find your state senator and state representative at https://openstates.org/find_your_legislator/ by entering your address information.  Contact information for all legislators is available at wwwkslegislature.org.  

    Information for the House Commerce Committee is below:

    Office

    Fullname

    Party

    Office#

    OfficePhone

    Email

    HomeCity

    Chair

    Les Mason

    Republican

    521-E

    785-296-7640

    les.mason@house.ks.gov

    McPherson

    Vice Chair

    Ken Corbet

    Democrat

    179-N

    785 296-7679

    ken.corbet@house.ks.gov

    Topeka

    Ranking Minority

    Brandon Whipple

    Republican

    452-S

    785 296-7366

    brandon.whipple@house.ks.gov

    Wichita

    Representative

    Dave Baker

    Republican

    167-W

    785 296-6997

    dave.baker@house.ks.gov

    Council Grove

    Representative

    John Carmichael

    Republican

    451-S

    785-296-7650

    john.carmichael@house.ks.gov

    Wichita

    Representative

    J. R.  Claeys

    Republican

    274-W

    785 296-7670

    jrclaeys@house.ks.gov

    Salina

    Representative

    Stephanie Clayton

    Republican

    512-N

    785 296-7548

    stephanie.clayton@house.ks.gov

    Overland Park

    Representative

    Erin Davis

    Republican

    151-S

    785-296-7658

    erin.davis@house.ks.gov

    Olathe

    Representative

    Roger Elliott

    Republican

    168-W

    785 296-7476

    Roger.Elliott@house.ks.gov

    Wichita

    Representative

    Jan Kessinger

    Republican

    268-W

    785 296-7436

    Jan.Kessinger@house.ks.gov

    Overland Park

    Representative

    Tom Phillips

    Republican

    512-N

    785 296-7402

    tom.phillips@house.ks.gov

    Manhattan

    Representative

    Bradley Ralph

    Democrat

    512-N

    785 296-7501

    Brad.Ralph@houseks.gov

    Dodge City

    Representative

    Louis Ruiz

    Republican

    47-S

    785 296-7885

    louis.ruiz@house.ks.gov

    Kansas City

    Representative

    Joe Seiwert

    Democrat

    481-W

    785 296-7647

    joe.seiwert@house.ks.gov

    Pretty Prairie

    Representative

    Jerry Stogsdill

    Democrat

    452-S

    785 296-7692

    Jerry.Stogsdill@house.ks.gov

    Prairie Village

    Representative

    Sean Tarwater

    Party

    268-W

    785 296-7685

    Sean.Tarwater@house.ks.gov

    Stilwell

    Representative

    Patsy Terrell

    Republican

    174-W

    785 296-7645

    Patsy.Terrell@house.ks.gov

    Hutchinson

                                                           

    Contacts: 

     Brian Davis, President - 316-990-1425   Email President          

     Amy Campbell, lobbyist – 785-969-1617   Email Lobbyist

     

      

                                           


  • Monday, February 06, 2017 4:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    HB 2282 Would Allow Beer and Wine in Big Box and Convenience Stores 

    The beer and wine legislation introduced on January 12 in the House Commerce Committee has finally been published.  The bill would allow Big Box and Convenience Stores to sell strong beer and wine under a newly created Wine and Beer Retailers License  Read the bill here.

    A Wine and Beer Retailer could sell any other goods and services on the licensed premises.  A Liquor Retailer could sell other goods or services on the licensed premises, exceptthat the gross sales of other goods and services shall not exceed 20% of theretailer's total gross sales.

    The bill includes provisions to transfer 3% of enforcement taxes to a local cereal malt beverage sales tax fund.  Those funds would be distributed to cities and counties based on a population weighting formula to theoretically make up for sales tax revenues that cities and counties would lose when there are fewer sales of cereal malt beverage products.

    There are no provisions for an extended transition period or purchasing existing retailer licenses.  There are no limitations on the number or location of new licenses.

    Long time members of KABR know – the key to winning this issue is one on one relationships with your legislators.  It takes more than a 2 minute conversation to explain the complex concerns of retail liquor store owners.  As they get to know you and learn about your business, they are better able to understand the harmful effects of Uncork legislation.  As you develop an honest supportive relationship with your representative and senator, you are also more likely to receive information from them about the happenings at the Legislature.  If you do not know them already, reach out now to introduce yourself and to begin a conversation about why you hope they will support Kansas small businesses and oppose Uncork.  If they are local, request a meeting.

    Reach out to the members of the House Commerce Committee and your legislators now (see information below if you need help).  Face to face meetings are extremely valuable – either at the Statehouse in Topeka or while they are home on the weekends.  Emails and phone calls are also effective.  It is very important that our members get active now on this issue, or we will find ourselves behind the ball once a public hearing is finally scheduled.   

    Find your state senator and state representative at https://openstates.org/find_your_legislator/ by entering your address information.  Contact information for all legislators is available at www.kslegislature.org.  

    Information for the House Commerce Committee is below:

    Office

    Fullname

    Party

    Office#

    OfficePhone

    Email

    HomeCity

    Chair

    Les Mason

    Republican

    521-E

    785-296-7640

    les.mason@house.ks.gov

    McPherson

    Vice Chair

    Ken Corbet

    Democrat

    179-N

    785 296-7679

    ken.corbet@house.ks.gov

    Topeka

    Ranking Minority

    Brandon Whipple

    Republican

    452-S

    785 296-7366

    brandon.whipple@house.ks.gov

    Wichita

    Representative

    Dave Baker

    Republican

    167-W

    785 296-6997

    dave.baker@house.ks.gov

    Council Grove

    Representative

    John Carmichael

    Republican

    451-S

    785-296-7650

    john.carmichael@house.ks.gov

    Wichita

    Representative

    J. R.  Claeys

    Republican

    274-W

    785 296-7670

    jrclaeys@house.ks.gov

    Salina

    Representative

    Stephanie Clayton

    Republican

    512-N

    785 296-7548

    stephanie.clayton@house.ks.gov

    Overland Park

    Representative

    Erin Davis

    Republican

    151-S

    785-296-7658

    erin.davis@house.ks.gov

    Olathe

    Representative

    Roger Elliott

    Republican

    168-W

    785 296-7476

    Roger.Elliott@house.ks.gov

    Wichita

    Representative

    Jan Kessinger

    Republican

    268-W

    785 296-7436

    Jan.Kessinger@house.ks.gov

    Overland Park

    Representative

    Tom Phillips

    Republican

    512-N

    785 296-7402

    tom.phillips@house.ks.gov

    Manhattan

    Representative

    Bradley Ralph

    Democrat

    512-N

    785 296-7501

    BradRalph@house.ks.gov

    Dodge City

    Representative

    Louis Ruiz

    Republican

    47-S

    785 296-7885

    louis.ruiz@house.ks.gov

    Kansas City

    Representative

    Joe Seiwert

    Democrat

    481-W

    785 296-7647

    joe.seiwert@house.ks.gov

    Pretty Prairie

    Representative

    Jerry Stogsdill

    Democrat

    452-S

    785 296-7692

    Jerry.Stogsdill@house.ks.gov

    Prairie Village

    Representative

    Sean Tarwater

    Party

    268-W

    785 296-7685

    Sean.Tarwater@house.ks.gov

    Stilwell

    Representative

    Patsy Terrell

    Republican

    174-W

    785 296-7645

    Patsy.Terrell@house.ks.gov

    Hutchinson

                                                           

    Contacts: 

     Brian Davis, President - 316-990-1425   Email President          

     Amy Campbell, lobbyist – 785-969-1617   Email Lobbyist


  • Friday, February 03, 2017 7:34 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Uncork Introduces Bill in Senate Commerce Committee 

    While the beer and wine legislation introduced on January 12 in the House Commerce Committee has still not been published, an Uncork bill was introduced in the Senate Commerce Committee Thursday, February 2nd.  Perhaps we should not be surprised that the Senate Bill has not yet been published either.

    Interestingly, there were two "no" votes to the request for introduction.  While bill introductions are typically unanimously adopted, Senator Rob Olson and Senator Molly Baumgardner were heard to say "no" to the introduction in the Senate Commerce meeting.

    We still don't know anything about the bill's contents, although media reports seem to indicate that these are strong beer and wine bills - with none of the license purchasing provisions or limitations on numbers or locations of licenses.  With the Senate introduction, we will be facing both a Senate Uncork Bill and a House Uncork Bill.

    Legislators are asking about CMB, and whether or not the product will be going away.  Manufacturers, including Anheuser-Busch and Coors-Miller have stated that CMB is not going away, but grocery and convenience stores are complaining that they will lose their variety once Oklahoma and Colorado implement planned changes in 2018.  See members of the Senate Commerce Committee at the bottom of this message.

    ********************************************

    House Taxation Committee Holds Informational Hearings on Liquor Tax, Tobacco Tax and Motor Fuels Tax Increases

    After two days of informational hearings on the Governor's proposals to raise tobacco taxes, liquor enforcement tax, and motor fuels tax, it seems the House Taxation Committee will be moving forward with a different plan.  The hearing was very well attended and committee members seemed interested in the multiple layers of taxation paid on liquor products.  They were receptive to the concerns about competition across the Missouri border, where liquor taxes only include a gallonage and a sales tax.  Rep. Ken Corbet (R-Topeka) commented, We seem to forget that money has legs, and that business can just walk across the border to avoid these taxes - and that kills our small businesses.

    Next week, the House Taxation Committee will hold a public hearing on a proposal to expand the income tax categories to 3 - adding a higher income category with a higher rate to the state income tax, close some exemptions, add a small increase to motor fuels tax, and reduce the state sales tax on food to 5%.  The bill has a lot of moving parts.  There is also a proposal to eliminate the LLC income tax exemption, reinstate tax on passive income (such as rents) and increase the income tax rate on the two current income tax categories.  It will take many more weeks of hearings for these options to be narrowed down.  Meanwhile, tax receipts for January did come in slightly above projections, which is whittling away at the projected deficit a bit.  There is no doubt that liquor taxes are very likely to be tossed into the mix - perhaps more than once before the session is over.

    Read KABR Testimony Here

    Read notes here:   Notes from Jan 31 Tobacco and Liquor Tax Increases 

    Notes from Feb 1 Liquor and Motor Fuels

    HAVE YOU PAID YOUR DUES FOR 2017?  PRINT DUES FORM HERE.

    Office

    Fullname

    Officenum

    Offph

    Email

    Party

    District

    Hmphyscity

    Chair

    Julia Lynn

    445-S

    785-296-7382

    Julia.Lynn@senate.ks.gov

    Republican

    9

    Olathe

    Vice Chair

    Gene Suellentrop

    224-E

    785-296-7385

    Gene.Suellentrop@senate.ks.gov

    Republican

    27

    Wichita

    Ranking Minority

    Tom Holland

    134-E

    785-296-7372

    Tom.Holland@senate.ks.gov

    Democrat

    3

    Baldwin City

    Senator

    Larry Alley

    541-E

    785-296-7381

    Larry.Alley@senate.ks.gov

    Republican

    32

    Winfield

    Senator

    Molly Baumgardner

    224-E

    785-296-7368

    Molly.Baumgardner@senate.ks.gov

    Republican

    37

    Louisburg

    Senator

    Barbara Bollier

    237-E

    785-296-7390

    Barbara.Bollier@senate.ks.gov

    Republican

    7

    Mission Hills

    Senator

    Oletha Faust-Goudeau

    135-E

    785-296-7387

    Oletha.Faust-Goudeau@senate.ks.gov

    Democrat

    29

    Wichita

    Senator

    Bruce Givens

    225-E

    785-296-7678

    Bruce.Givens@senate.ks.gov

    Republican

    14

    El Dorado

    Senator

    Robert Olson

    236-E

    785-296-7358

    Rob.Olson@senate.ks.gov

    Republican

    23

    Olathe

    Senator

    Mary Pilcher-Cook

    234-E

    785-296-7362

    Mary.PilcherCook@senate.ks.gov

    Republican

    10

    Shawnee

    Senator

    Dinah Sykes

    237-E

    785-296-7367

    Dinah.Sykes@senate.ks.gov

    Republican

    21

    Lenexa

                                                       

    Contacts: 

     Brian Davis, President - 316-990-1425   Email President          

     Amy Campbell, lobbyist – 785-969-1617   Email Lobbyist


  • Wednesday, February 01, 2017 3:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    The beer and wine legislation introduced on January 12 in the House Commerce Committee has not yet been published.  It is very unusual for a bill to be introduced in committee and not be available for review weeks later.  However, the Commerce Committee Chair is planning to hold a hearing once the bill is published – assuming there is still time within the legislative deadlines.

    Yesterday, Dillon’s/Kroger employees came to the State Capitol and met with legislators throughout the building.   Without a bill, we can only rely on the various newspaper and television stories from the past week.  Within those stories, Jessica Lucas, Uncork lobbyist, says the bill will allow big box and convenience stores to sell beer and wine. 

    "With only three states selling 3.2 beer, you limit the ability to have products to put on the shelf," said Jessica Lucas, a lobbyist with Uncork Kansas. "We need the government to allow us to sell beer without the definition that it must be 3.2 beer."

    Lucas says the bill would also benefit liquor stores by allowing them to sell things like chips, corkscrews, mixers, and other non-alcoholic products.”   From the KFDI Wichita story.

     

    From this description – the bill likely does NOT include any requirements that corporate chains buy out current liquor store licensees nor a significant transition period as proposed in some of the previous Uncork bills.  The “buy out’ concept has only been included in bills that would put strong beer, wine and spirits into the big box stores.

    Long time members of KABR know – the key to winning this issue is one on one relationships with your legislators  It takes more than a 2 minute conversation to explain the complex concerns of retail liquor store owners.  As they get to know you and learn about your business, they are better able to understand the harmful effects of Uncork legislation.  As you develop an honest supportive relationship with your representative and senator, you are also more likely to receive information from them about the happenings at the Legislature.  If you do not know them already, reach out now to introduce yourself and to begin a conversation about why you hope they will support Kansas small businesses and oppose Uncork.  If they are local, request a meeting.

    Reach out to the members of the House Commerce Committee and your legislators now (see information below if you need help).  Face to face meetings are extremely valuable – either at the Statehouse in Topeka or while they are home on the weekends.  Emails and phone calls are also effective.  It is very important that our members get active now on this issue, or we will find ourselves behind the ball once a public hearing is finally scheduled.   

    Find your state senator and state representative at https://openstates.org/find_your_legislator/ by entering your address information.  Contact information for all legislators is available at www.kslegislature.org.  

    Information for the House Commerce Committee is below:

    Office

    Fullname

    Party

    Office#

    OfficePhone

    Email

    HomeCity

    Chair

    Les Mason

    Republican

    521-E

    785-296-7640

    les.mason@house.ks.gov

    McPherson

    Vice Chair

    Ken Corbet

    Democrat

    179-N

    785 296-7679

    ken.corbet@house.ks.gov

    Topeka

    Ranking Minority

    Brandon Whipple

    Republican

    452-S

    785 296-7366

    brandon.whipple@house.ks.gov

    Wichita

    Representative

    Dave Baker

    Republican

    167-W

    785 296-6997

    dave.baker@house.ks.gov

    Council Grove

    Representative

    John Carmichael

    Republican

    451-S

    785-296-7650

    john.carmichael@house.ks.gov

    Wichita

    Representative

    J. R.  Claeys

    Republican

    274-W

    785 296-7670

    jrclaeys@house.ks.gov

    Salina

    Representative

    Stephanie Clayton

    Republican

    512-N

    785 296-7548

    stephanie.clayton@house.ks.gov

    Overland Park

    Representative

    Erin Davis

    Republican

    151-S

    785-296-7658

    erin.davis@house.ks.gov

    Olathe

    Representative

    Roger Elliott

    Republican

    168-W

    785 296-7476

    Roger.Elliott@house.ks.gov

    Wichita

    Representative

    Jan Kessinger

    Republican

    268-W

    785 296-7436

    Jan.Kessinger@house.ks.gov

    Overland Park

    Representative

    Tom Phillips

    Republican

    512-N

    785 296-7402

    tom.phillips@house.ks.gov

    Manhattan

    Representative

    Bradley Ralph

    Democrat

    512-N

    785 296-7501

    Brad.Ralph@house.ks.gov

    Dodge City

    Representative

    Louis Ruiz

    Republican

    47-S

    785 296-7885

    louis.ruiz@house.ks.gov

    Kansas City

    Representative

    Joe Seiwert

    Democrat

    481-W

    785 296-7647

    joe.seiwert@house.ks.gov

    Pretty Prairie

    Representative

    Jerry Stogsdill

    Democrat

    452-S

    785 296-7692

    Jerry.Stogsdill@house.ks.gov

    Prairie Village

    Representative

    Sean Tarwater

    Party

    268-W

    785 296-7685

    Sean.Tarwater@house.ks.gov

    Stilwell

    Representative

    Patsy Terrell

    Republican

    174-W

    785 296-7645

    Patsy.Terrell@house.ks.gov

    Hutchinson

                                                           

    Contacts: 

     Brian Davis, President - 316-990-1425   Email President          

     Amy Campbell, lobbyist – 785-969-1617   Email Lobbyist

     

      

                                           


  • Friday, January 27, 2017 3:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    According to the Department of Revenue budget proposal, raising the enforcement tax from 8% to 16% would generate an additional $52.3M in 2018. Current enforcement tax at 8% generated $67.8M in 2016.

    It appears the Department of Revenue expects some slowing of sales due to the tax increase as revenue is not doubled from current collections. Instead of forecasting $67.8M in revenue doubles to $135.6M, they have forecast increased revenues of $120.1M ($67.8M current plus $52.3M forecast). To get $120.1M of revenue from a 16% tax would require gross sales of $750.6M.

     

    Sales

    Tax Rate

    SGF

    2016

    $847.5M

    8%

    67.8

    2018

    750.6M

    16%

    120.1

    (67.8+52.3 additional)

    -94.9

    +52.3

    This forecast indicates a $94.9M reduction or (11.2%) in total alcohol sales. To get that extra $52.3M, Kansas retailers are being asked to absorb an 11.1% loss. Those retailers near the Missouri border the loss will be much greater. This is not a responsible fiscal policy.

    This is a terrible proposal. Here are some of the key arguments to oppose it.

    1. The Department of Revenue’s own numbers indicate Kansas would lose $95M in alcohol sales. This will hurt retailers, especially those near the Missouri border.

    2. This will also have a negative impact on wholesalers of spirits, wine and beer who sell to those retailers.

    3. It effectively raises the cost of goods sold to bars and restaurants by 8%. Raising drink prices will drive business to Missouri. This will also cause a reduction in the 10% drink tax.

    4. It is a regressive tax hitting lower and middle class consumers particularly hard. A $6.99 six pack will have a tax of $1.12 or a tax of $4.48 for a case.

    House Taxation Committee – Contact Amy at 785-969-1617 to submit testimony.  We will help facilitate.  Individuals who intend to testify must contact Lea Gerard, Committee Assistant–785-296-4830 and provide copies of testimony 24 hours in advance.

    Meeting each day at 3:30 p.m. in room 346-S of the Kansas Statehouse  (Click here for list of committee members.)   Chair is Steven Johnson, Vice Chair Tom Phillips, and Ranking Minority Member Tom Sawyer.

    Monday, January 30:   Informational hearing:  Sales Tax Exemptions Statutes: 3603(b), 3603(p), 3606(ee), 3606(t), 3606(hhhh), 3606(nn), 3603(s), 3606(i)    (Includes Lottery tickets and advertising)

    Tuesday, January 31:   Public Input on Governor's proposals regarding raising cigarette tax, alcohol tax and potential motor fuel tax

    Wednesday, February 1:   Informational briefing:  Taxation on Retirement Benefits

    Thursday, February 2:  Discussion on: Changes to Income Tax Rates and Glide Path to Zero


  • Friday, January 27, 2017 3:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    KABR is closely tracking two major legislative issues at the Kansas Legislature:  The Governor’s Revenue Proposal to double the liquor enforcement tax from 8% to 16%, and the Uncork Legislation to put Strong Beer and Wine Sales in Big Box and Convenience Stores.  At this point, neither bill has been published.  We do expect the House Commerce Committee to hold hearings on the Uncork bill (maybe in February), assuming that bill is referred to the Commerce Committee.

    PUBLIC INFORMATIONAL HEARING ON LIQUOR TAX AND TOBACCO TAX NEXT TUESDAY

    The House Taxation Committee will host an informational hearing on Tuesday, January 31 at 3:30 p.m. on the Liquor Tax and Tobacco Tax Increases.  See Tax Committee information at the bottom of this message.  If you are interested in providing testimony, please contact Amy at 785-969-1617 as soon as possible.  If you are from Johnson or Wyandotte County, this tax increase will significantly impact your business.  Groups that support the increase cite the fact that cereal malt beverages at the convenience store pay sales tax as high as 9.5% in some cities, while liquor store beer is charged 8%.  This position ignores the multiple levels of taxation that apply to liquor store products: manufacturer, gallonage, enforcement and drink tax.  Our customers pay a tax on a tax on a tax.  Retailers will soon see anti-tax public information materials delivered by the distributors.

    The tobacco tax increase is also substantial, adding $1.00 to every pack of cigarettes and doubling the tobacco products tax from 10% to 20%. 

    House Taxation Committee – Contact Amy at 785-969-1617 to submit testimony.  We will help facilitate.  Individuals who intend to testify must contact Lea Gerard, Committee Assistant–785-296-4830 and provide copies of testimony 24 hours in advance.

    Meeting each day at 3:30 p.m. in room 346-S of the Kansas Statehouse  (Click here for list of committee members.)   Chair is Steven Johnson, Vice Chair Tom Phillips, and Ranking Minority Member Tom Sawyer.

    Monday, January 30:   Informational hearing:  Sales Tax Exemptions Statutes: 3603(b), 3603(p), 3606(ee), 3606(t), 3606(hhhh), 3606(nn), 3603(s), 3606(i)    (Includes Lottery tickets and advertising)

    Tuesday, January 31:   Public Input on Governor's proposals regarding raising cigarette tax, alcohol tax and potential motor fuel tax

    Wednesday, February 1:   Informational briefing:  Taxation on Retirement Benefits

    Thursday, February 2:  Discussion on: Changes to Income Tax Rates and Glide Path to Zero


  • Monday, January 23, 2017 3:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    RSVP at  KABR Board Meeting and GOLD Meeting

    Upcoming event information:
    KABR Board Meeting and GOLD Meeting Clubhouse Inn and Suites, 924 SW Henderson Rd, Topeka, KS 66615
    Date: 11 Feb 2017 3:00 PM EST

    KABR BOARD MEETING AND GOLD MEETING

    ALL MEMBERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND.

    Please make your reservations at Clubhouse Inn and Suites, 924 SW Henderson Rd, Topeka, KS    785-273-8888   Ask for the KABR rate of $91.00 plus tax.

    Saturday GOLD Committee - 3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. - Goals of Liquor Dealers committee is open to all members and develops action proposals regarding legislative advocacy, policy development, and member services for consideration by the Board of Directors.  Please contact Brian Davis, President (davisliquor2@cox.net) regarding agenda items.  

    Saturday evening dinner - Meet in the hotel lobby at 6:30 to go to dinner at the Blue Moose.  We will invite local legislators to join us.  Please RSVP so we can reserve tables.

    Sunday Board of Directors Meeting - 9:30 a.m. - 12 noon

    9:30 a.m.         Meeting Call to Order                                                Brian Davis, President

                Roll Call                                                         

                Introductions

                Minutes of the Previous Meeting  

                Financial Statement

               

    9:50 a.m.         Regional Vice Presidents Reports                  

    Janet Wise, Dave Dvorak, Monica Tieben

                                       

    10:15 a.m.       Reports

                            Membership Report – Nomination of New Members

                            Member Credit Processing Program update

                            Retailer Education Program 

                                  GOLD Committee –    

    10:45 a.m.       Legislative Report      Amy Campbell   

    HB 2282 - Uncork House Bill - House Commerce, Labor and Economic Development Committee

           Public Hearings February 13-14

    SB 163 - Uncork Senate Bill - Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee

    Wine Clubs Request

    SB 164 - Drinking Establishments - Entertainment District Ordinances - Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee

    HB 2277- Alcoholic Liquor, Consumption Areas, Cities and Counties - House Committee on Local Government - Hearing Thursday February 9

    Governor's Proposal to double liquor enforcement tax from 8% to 16%

    Various proposals to change income tax policy and increase tobacco tax rates        

    www.kslegislature.org        Legislative information, bills and calendars.

    www.votesmart.org            Non-profit website where you can look up your legislative districts if you do not already know them.  Can also call your local election office.

     

    11:30 a.m.       Old Business

      

    11:45 a.m.       New Business         

    12:00 noon      Adjourn



    More information and online registration: KABR Board Meeting and GOLD Meeting


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