Beverage Industry Jobs Act
Why should New York State join more than 30 other States by passing the legislation similar to the Beverage Industry Jobs Act? The Wine & Liquor industry should be designed to be the gold standard of productions which expand both job creation and revenue production. New York should follow the lead of more than 30 other states and pass legislation similar to the Beverage Industry Jobs Act.
Call your state legislator and urge them to pass the Beverage Industry Jobs Act! Make sure your voice is heard!
What is the Beverage Industry Jobs Act?
- There is a growing need to protect consumers from “fake liquor” currently causing harm in resort heavy areas in the Caribbean and Central America.
- By regulating and monitoring all incoming alcohol for a 48 hour period, New York can help to preserve and even attract high paying union jobs in the beverage industry, directly creating a positive economic impact for the region.
- New York has lost thousands of high-paying beverage industry jobs due to lack of incentive to stay here as opposed to neighboring states.
THE SOLUTION: The Beverage Industry Jobs Act (BIJA)
- BIJA requires alcoholic beverages imported into New York to first be delivered to a licensed New York State wholesaler and stored at location/warehouse owned by the wholesaler for a period of 48 hours.
- This is to promote financial equality for in-state businesses by cutting down on “fake liquor” coming from out of state, and to ensure that New York State distributors can have a fair opportunity to compete.
- We are currently hemorrhaging money to neighboring states whose distributors are selling alcohol to customers in New York without proper regulation.
- With New York State on the verge of legalizing cannabis use for adults, legislators and regulators alike are looking for a streamlined model of wholesale manufacturing and management. The Beverage Industry Jobs Act Presents exactly that.
- This money that is stolen from taxpayers that could help fund our schools, healthcare, and other State services.
- Upon passage of the BIJA, Wine & Liquor wholesalers doing business in New York State can make major investments in warehouse space near critical transit New York City nodes and their existing distribution areas such as Long Island and Syracuse.
How does the Beverage Industry Jobs Act Work?
1What if wine or liquor isn’t available from one of the licensed sellers? Will consumers still be able to buy it?
Yes! If a particular wine or liquor is not “price pointed”, meaning it is not available from the licensed supplier, then consumers may purchase the product from another manufacturer or distributor. There will be no adverse effect on consumer choice!
2Would there be an impact on jobs in New York State?
Yes! It is estimated the increase in volume handled by licensed distributors, rather than bootleggers, would result in more jobs, notably sales drivers and warehouse workers in places like Nassau County and Syracuse.
3Does this have an adverse effect on New York State’s craft wine and liquor producers?
No! In fact, it helps to level the playing field because these entities are already required to use licensed distributors. At Rest legislation would allow the NYS craft beverage industry to continue to thrive by securing that the product distributed is not “fake” liquor.