How to Lobby for a City or State Payroll
The Honorable Mayor
Dear Mayor/Governor ___________:
I am writing on behalf of the American Payroll Association to seek your support
for a Payroll Week in [fill in City, State]. We believe the designation of
the week in which Labor Day occurs as Payroll Week would go far to recognize
the important contributions of the people of this city who work to support
the American Dream and highlight the partnership between taxpayers and payroll
professionals. As former President Bill Clinton said: "By honoring hardworking
Americans across our nation and underscoring the vital importance of payroll
taxes to our country's strength and security, National Payroll Week helps
to foster growth and prosperity for our entire nation." The American
Payroll Association has designated the week in which Labor Day falls as National
The American Payroll Association represents [Insert approximate number here]
residents in our state and [Insert approximate number here] businesses. Needless
to say these taxpayers and businesses contribute millions of dollars to the
state and federal treasuries through payroll taxes each year. These taxes
include both federal and state withholding, which go toward important civic
projects, including roads, schools and parks. Taxpayers and payroll professionals
are also partners in supporting the social security and Medicare systems.
In addition, companies are now playing an increasingly important role in
the enforcement of child support laws by calculating and deducting child
support payments from workers' pay.
The theme of National Payroll Week is " America works because we're
working for America ." The collection, reporting and payment of payroll
taxes by employers is a positive example of what works in America . Your
support of Payroll Week would be an important step in recognizing and celebrating
the contributions of workers in the United States and the payroll professionals
who report these workers' earnings, collect their taxes and pay their wages.
We believe the proclamation of Payroll Week in [fill in City, State] will
enhance the public's understanding of their role in helping support the system
and the contributions of payroll professionals.
Enclosed is a proclamation proposal which we believe captures the spirit
of Payroll Week. I would, however, be happy to work with you or your staff
to refine the language of the proclamation. I would also be interested in
discussing additional projects for Payroll Week with your staff and participating
in any project that can help improve the public's understanding of issues
related to our payroll and tax systems.
I look forward to hearing from you and your staff in the near future. Please
feel free to contact either me at [ your phone here] or [ provide the name
of an alternative contact, along with the phone number].
[ your name and title]