CEO Compass - Fall 2023

by Aiysha (AJ) Johnson, MA, IOM | NJCPA CEO and Executive Director | October 19, 2023

Making Our Voices Heard

Election Day is Nov. 7. All 120 seats in the New Jersey Legislature are on the ballot and, with them, control of our state’s government. Our political system is founded on the principle of citizens sharing their views and concerns with policymakers. No matter who you vote for next month, it’s important that you make your voice heard. 

At the NJCPA, we’ve been making our voice heard. Our advocacy work on the state and federal levels encompasses a broad range of activities designed to encourage fair tax policy, improve government efficiency, solve CPA licensing issues and promote business growth.

With various challenges facing the accounting profession, it is more important than ever to educate policymakers on the real-life impact of legislative proposals.  

  • Legislation drafted by the NJCPA and NJBIA requiring the state auditor to annually issue a reader-friendly summary of the New Jersey Annual Comprehensive Financial Report (ACFR) was signed in September
  • Efforts to grow and diversify the pipeline of accounting talent have been buoyed by legislation supported by the NJCPA that would add accounting to grades K-12 science, technology, engineering and mathematics education programs, better known as STEM. 
  • The NJCPA has joined with the AICPA to advocate for a delay of the beneficial ownership information (BOI) reporting requirement that will affect many small businesses, to allow more time for businesses and CPAs to understand the requirement.

To read more about our legislative priorities, visit the Legislative Action Center

While these efforts are led by the NJCPA government relations team, there are opportunities for members to get involved: 

As always, we encourage your feedback. Thank you. 


Aiysha  Johnson

Aiysha Johnson

Aiysha (AJ) Johnson, MA, is the CEO and executive director of the New Jersey Society of CPAs.

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