The Brewers Association has joined its industry partners in a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee chairs and ranking members asking for Congress to fully fund the Administration’s request of $101 million for the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) for FY2015. Citing the importance of the bureau’s ability to respond swiftly and properly to changes in the alcohol industry due to the direct impact on jobs, consumer protection, the innovation of new products, and the collection of federal excise taxes, the letter also points out the fact that, even while enduring staff cuts in the past several years and with the explosion of new businesses in the alcohol beverage industry, TTB remains the most efficient tax collecting agency in the federal government.
Pete Johnson serves as the State & Regulatory Affairs Manager for the Brewers Association (BA). He joined the BA at its inception in 2005, having previously worked as Programs Director for the Brewers Association of America. Before coming to the small brewing industry in 2001, Pete worked for 14 years with both state and federal elected officials in Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.See Pete Johnson's Articles