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Society asked to testify about economic recovery plans

Written on May 1, 2020

The Ohio Society of CPAs has been asked to testify on Wednesday before a legislative task force formed to promote economic recovery in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

House Speaker Larry Householder, R-Glenford, this past week announced membership and convened the OHIO 2020 Economic Recovery Task Force virtually to study ways to help the economy. The group plans to meet again this week via video conference with – in addition to OSCPA – representatives from the business, manufacturing, retail, wholesale, service and recreational sectors.

Rep. Paul Zeltwanger, R-Mason, the chairman of the task force, told members he hopes to craft a framework for recommendations by the end of this week, saying he wants Ohio to be ready to revive its economy as soon as the COVID-19 threat eases.

The first public meeting took place on April 8, two days after Householder named the panel. The panel's first witness, Cincytech CEO Mike Venerable, said one of the biggest public priorities post-quarantine society will be reopening schools. He said he doesn't think students will return until August, allowing officials time to plan on how they can do so safely.

The task force includes Vice Chair Terrence Upchurch, D-Cleveland, and 22 other House members. The group’s next meeting will be Monday at 12:30 p.m. and can be watched via live stream on the Ohio Channel.

What do you think? Leave your comments below on what you think task force members should know as they look to help Ohio businesses.

Separately, OSCPA has been working directly with the DeWine Administration throughout the pandemic to share expertise on how to help employers survive through the stay-at-home order and recover as the crisis lifts. As news of the coronavirus continues to develop, refer to  OSCPA’s resource page to stay informed.

Hannah News Service contributed to this report.