(Madison) To help their over 5000 members struggling through this unprecedented time, the Tavern League of Wisconsin announces the creation of C.H.E.E.R.S. Wisconsin. C.H.E.E.R.S. stands for Communities Helping Empower Employers to Remain Successful.
Mission Statement of C.H.E.E.R.S. Wisconsin
All contributions to C.H.E.E.R.S. Wisconsin will be donated directly to Tavern League of Wisconsin members in good standing as of March 1, 2020.
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Press Release to Legislators
To: All Legislators
Fr: Chris Marsicano, TLW President
Re: Urgent Support for Wisconsin’s Hospitality Industry
Date: March 31, 2020
In addition to my role as President of the Tavern League of Wisconsin, my brother David and I own and operate The Village Supper Club in Delavan, WI. We took over the family business from our parents who founded The Village Supper Club in 1966. Wisconsin is proudly home to thousands of family businesses like mine.
For over 50 years my family has served our community. Now my future as well as the future of thousands of other small businesses is in jeopardy. We understand the need to close our businesses to fight this virus. Sadly, that doesn’t pay our bills.
Taverns and restaurants in Wisconsin will have been closed to regular business for 38 days after the current Executive Order expires. Without the additional help of state government the hospitality industry will suffer significant permanent loss.
The federal stimulus bill is a start but more is needed on the state and local level to enable our Members to survive. We need action. We need help. We are doing our part, we need state government to do its part.
* Prohibit any foreclosures or evictions of any licensee until 60 days after the Executive Order expires.
* Prohibit any insurance cancellations of any licensee until 60 days after the Executive Order expires.
* Waive 2020 liquor/beer municipal license fee and all other municipal and state fees for all alcohol/food license holders.
* Initiate a sales tax holiday for all sales at licensed establishments effective March 17th through July 30th.
* Repeal the 15 day beer credit law and 30 day alcohol credit day law. Licensee holders who are unable to make a payment during the shutdown cannot receive future shipments of product.
* Permit delivery of alcohol through age verified sales via phone/online transactions for Class B license holders during the Executive Order. Many of our members do not have a restaurant license and alcohol sales are their only cash flow. In addition it will help licensees reduce their inventory. Other states have made this change to assist licensees to deliver alcohol.
* Repeal the consignment law for alcohol. This law has presented a problem for our members in returning product after the Executive Order was issued.
* Delay July 2019 local property tax payment for all license holders.
* Provide a state credit for 2020 property taxes for license holders.
* Prohibit cable/satellite providers from canceling service of a Class B licensee until 60 days after the Executive Order expires.
* Prohibit municipalities from engaging in alcohol sales for the remainder of 2020 and instead require them to contract with existing licensees for any event where alcohol sales occur.
* Allow golf courses to open to golfers only.
My Members need urgent legislative action. We look forward to working with you to ease the financial burden crippling the family businesses of thousands of taverns and restaurants in Wisconsin.
Chris Marsicano, TLW President