Grassroots

Participants in the Grassroots Program are CalCPA members who recognize the difference that individuals can make in the legislative process on behalf of the profession, their clients, and the public. Legislators often base decisions upon communications they receive from constituents; therefore, it is essential for CalCPA members to establish a connection with their elected representatives. The CalCPA government relations team carefully watches events in the legislature and alerts members in the Grassroots Program when a hot issue requires grassroots participation. Participants will then be able to call upon their relationship with their elected official and provide a localized perspective of the political impact of legislation.  

Grassroots Activities

  • Educate your local legislators on the issues affecting you and your clients.
  • Know your legislators’ background and issue priorities.
  • Develop a personal, constituent relationship with the legislator based on mutual trust and respect.  
  • Be aware of pending legislation or regulations that may affect the profession.
  • Reinforce the constituent relationship with your legislator by regularly communicating professional issues that may be of interest to him or her and the staff.

Members can make a difference by contacting elected officials and becoming a liaison between them and CalCPA. If you have a relationship with a legislator, or are willing to establish one, please join and have your voice heard.  

If you do not personally know a lawmaker, do not let that deter you. The government relations and grassroots team will assist you in the process. Party affiliation should not be an obstacle. You need not be a member of his or her political party to establish a relationship. Remember, your legislator represents the entire district.

CalCPA Members: Join the CalCPA grassroots campaign today by contacting the CalCPA Government Relations team at (916) 441-5351 or by email at CalCPAGR@calcpa.org!
 

 


2018 District Drop-In Wrap Up

While legislators were in their districts during the summer recess, CalCPA members took advantage of this break to reconnect with their state representatives and build upon the foundation laid during CPA Day earlier this year. During the last week of July and away from the fast-paced Capitol, CalCPA members met with their local representatives and their staff to continue to develop their relationships and to reiterate the professions opposition to the institution of a sales tax on business services and the importance of responsibly addressing conformity of state tax code to new federal tax laws.

While aspects of these issues have been raised to legislators at CPA Day and through the course of the legislative session, these key issues will not be going away and have the chance to move relatively quick next year. Additionally, it is important that we continue to reiterate these points and provide a face to the issues. With tax on services growing as a threat and major tax conformity provisions expected in 2019, tying the impact of these policies to their districts and community provides helpful context for the Legislature to consider.

These efforts help position the CPA profession as thought leaders uniquely qualified to assist legislators in creating fair, effective and efficient tax policy that is practical and administrative for all California taxpayers.

Thank you to all those who participated. Without member support, CalCPA cannot be as successful in its advocacy program. If you would like to find out how you can be a part of CalCPA’s grassroots efforts in your district or in Sacramento, contact CalCPA’s Government Relations office at calcpagr@calcpa.org. Also mark January 15, 2019 on your calendar for the next CPA Day at the Capitol where you will again be able to participate in CalCPA’s grassroots advocacy.