THE PICPA JOINS COALITION FOR SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES

Association and Its Members Offer Financial Insights

PHILADELPHIA—The Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA), the premier state association for CPAs in Pennsylvania, has joined the Coalition for Sustainable Communities, a consortium of organizations working to help communities throughout the state overcome financial and economic challenges. The group finds that 41 percent of Pennsylvanians live in a financially stressed municipality facing a crumbling infrastructure and escalating health care and pension costs. Some communities have even slid into bankruptcy.

The PICPA is in a unique position to offer the help of its CPA members from across the state. The PICPA’s Fiscal Responsibility Task Force has already published a report on ways to improve the state government’s financial health. According to Robert Jazwinski, PICPA president and member of the task force, “We presented Gov. Tom Corbett and all members of the General Assembly this report in 2011, and we are excited to work with the other members of the coalition to monitor proposed legislation and provide testimony and comments as necessary.” Suggestions from the Fiscal Responsibility Task Force report include increasing efficiency and streamlining the state government, making alterations to pension funds, and pursuing policy options that fund and safeguard infrastructure.

Other members of the Coalition include chambers of commerce and economy leagues from throughout Pennsylvania. The Coalition was recently recognized as the top regional/collaborative effort in the country by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives national convention. 

For more information about how the PICPA and its members are involved in government, visit www.picpa.org/advocacy. To find out more about the Coalition, visit http://www.alleghenyconference.org/CSC.

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