Jun 03, 2013

Being Vigilant Can be as Easy as Showing Up

By Peter Calcara, Vice President - Government Relations

Harrisburg capitol buildingHarrisburg in June is the homestretch of budget season. The General Assembly gets down to the nitty-gritty of passing a spending plan for the new fiscal year that begins July 1. It’s always an exciting, but unpredictable time. It’s important to be vigilant during these long session days to ensure that you’re not surprised by an amendment or legislation. One of the best ways to be vigilant is simply to be visible with legislators.

The PICPA’s annual Day on the Hill is just one week away (June 11) and it’s perhaps the best opportunity for PICPA members to be visible and vigilant on behalf of the profession by playing an active, constructive role in our advocacy efforts. This unique program is like none other offered by the PICPA. It gives PICPA members insight into the key legislative issues and access to their legislators and staff to discuss legislative and regulatory matters that impact individuals, the CPA profession, and businesses in Pennsylvania.

Because of the direct impact actions in Harrisburg have on members, the PICPA government relations team actively monitors and, where necessary, impacts legislation that affects PICPA members and the accounting profession. Changes to the CPA Statue is one of several issues highlighted in PICPA’s Legislative Hot Sheet. We continue to position CPAs as thought leaders in these areas. Our efforts are only enhanced and made stronger when legislators know it’s backed-up by a constituent CPA.

This year’s program includes keynote speaker Gov. Tom Corbett. Gov. Corbett will discussion his proposed 2013-14 budget and his ambitious legislative agenda of state pension reform, transportation funding, business tax reform, and privatizing wine and spirits sales.

Other speakers include Speaker of the House Rep. Sam Smith (R-Jefferson), Senate Finance Committee Democratic chairman John Blake (D-Lackawanna), and Independent Fiscal Office Director Matt Knittle.

Jason Skrinak, chairman of the PICPA Committee on State Taxation, will provide an important business tax reform and regulatory update.

As CPAs, you have a responsibility to educate state lawmakers on legislation that impacts the accounting profession and the businesses you represent. Be vigilant on behalf of your profession and register today to attend this year’s Day on the Hill program.

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