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t’s of no surprise that state guilds are laser-focused on
legislation this spring. Almost every update this issue touches on the legislative arena. In addition, it’s encouraging to see new developments targeting industry education (see NM and MD), membership growth (CA), and finding ways to increase guild revenue generation in many regions. Thanks as always to the guild members and board leaders who volunteer their time to grow and educate our industry. Your sacrifices are not going unnoticed! Don’t see your guild represented? Give us a shout and make sure that your guild is using its soapbox to share successes, challenges, and any news you think the industry needs to hear. Cheers!
— BRIAN CHRISTENSEN
AMERICAN CRAFT SPIRITS ASSOCIATION STATE GUILD COMMITTEE We all took a deep breath after securing a hard fought one-year extension of our reduced FET. We are already back in the trenches at the Capitol trying to make sure the CBMTRA is made permanent in 2020. We are working on dates for our 2020 Public Policy Conference and will be announcing that soon. A huge thank you to everyone that contacted their representatives, donated to the ACSA PAC, and contributed in many other ways to get this to where it is. Let's cross the finish line this year. In the meantime, we are hard at it getting ready for our annual Round Table
Discussion at the ACSA convention in Portland from 2-4 p.m. March 29. This is one of the most important discussions of the year and it's an excellent opportunity to find out what’s not working and what we can do as a community to make each other stronger. As always if you have any needs that we can help with feel free to reach out to us. ACSA STATE GUILD COMMITTEE CHAIRS
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