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As an accounting professional and small business owner, I thank Senator Susan Collins for co-authoring the bipartisan STEM Education in Accounting Act. If successful, this bill designates accounting as a STEM subject, qualifying accounting education programs for K-12 grant funding under the Every Student Succeeds Act.
There is a great need in this state and this country for qualified and talented professional accountants. Yet like so many other important industries, this career field faces a shortage of licensed and educated professionals needed for audits, accounting services, financing, tax preparation and even cybersecurity. Running a business requires sophisticated knowledge and skills. It is essential to employ an accountant who understands the intricacies of your business and has the experience necessary to get your finances in order.
I urge Senator Angus King and the rest of the delegation to support this important bill. If anyone is considering a career in accounting, I encourage them to join the field! The possibilities are endless and the work is rewarding.
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