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The MICPA’s Vision is to Advocate, Collaborate and Educate and we're spending February advocating for you!

 

While the current political climate may seem like a reason to step away from politics, now is the time to ensure that we are breaking through the noise and that the CPA voice is heard throughout the policy making process. This begins with fostering relationships with elected officials so that they know they can reach out to the MICPA for expertise when deliberating legislation that would have an impact on the tax code, occupational licenses or other issues that impact the profession. Through introductory meetings and engaging with decision makers, we can highlight the CPA profession and be invited to engage in policy discussions.

As you know, the 2020 election resulted in 29 brand new elected officials in Lansing, none of whom are CPAs. (See related article) The start of a new legislative session also means new committee personnel, and with that, new leadership for those committees. Both of these items could have huge impacts on the profession.

The MICPA advocacy team led by Rachel Reardon and I have been holding meetings with legislators that directly impact the profession. Our conversations have focused on the future of the profession and how the MICPA can partner with the legislature to find common sense solutions as we rebuild our economy.

Throughout the month of February, we are meeting with House and Senate leadership, members of the House Tax Policy and Regulatory Reform committees and members of the Senate Finance and Regulatory Reform committees. We will continue to meet with legislators, offer CPA expertise and explain how the votes they take have a direct impact on the profession.

As soon as it is safe to do so, we would love to engage you, our members, in these meetings! If you are interested in participating in our legislative keypersons program, reach out to Rachel at rreardon@micpa.org. Thank you for helping us advocate for YOUR profession!

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