By Jessica Salerno-Shumaker, OSCPA senior content manager
CPAs can have a clear impact on legislation if they take the opportunity to get involved and reach out to elected officials, or OSCPA’s government relations staff.
“I’ve been proud to be part of advocacy efforts,” said OSCPA Board Chair Craig Marshall, CPA, at the Sept. 30 Advocacy in Action event. “These efforts have a direct impact on business in the state and hiring efforts.”
The event featured legislators from both the Ohio House and Senate, and three Ohio Supreme Court Justices, to examine the role CPAs can play in helping elected officials make informed decisions on business and fiscal issues.
During part of the program Rep. Bride Rose Sweeney, D-Cleveland, Sen. George Lang, R-West Chester, and Rep. Dan Troy, D-Willowick, discussed redistricting efforts, the impact of grassroots advocacy and reaching out to representatives.
“If you have a business issue then I want to know, I want to get involved and I want to help,” Lang said.
CPAs contacting their elected officials might seem intimidating, but it can make all the difference, said Rep. Bill Roemer, CPA, R-Richfield. He said legislators take CPA outreach seriously because “…having CPA behind your name means people know you’ve got business acumen.”
“The input that CPAs give is invaluable because they are the ones out there working with clients on a daily basis,” he said.
Justices Sharon Kennedy, Pat Dewine and Pat Fischer also joined to shed some light on the judicial process of the Ohio Supreme Court, sharing insight into how cases are decided, how the seven justices interact, some of their most memorable cases and even a glimpse into the conference room where they discuss cases.
Greg Saul, Esq., CAE, OSCPA tax director spoke with Jake Nix, CPA, CEO of RISCPoint and Mike Ringle, JD, CPA with the Delaware County Auditor’s office, about the value of grassroots involvement, and investing in Ohio CPA/PAC to help elect pro-business legislators.
Ringle commented on his experience serving as a campaign treasurer. “It builds connections with candidates, and it helps our ability to advocate for the CPA profession because they will pick up the phone when you call them.”
Find out more about how you can get involved with OSCPA advocacy efforts here.