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Minnesota Tax Study Commission

Also known as:
Blue Ribbon Tax Study Commission
Latimer Commission
Active dates:1983-1985

To analyze Minnesota's economy and tax structure, and then to recommend tax policies that will remove inequities, promote economic growth, stabilize revenues for state and local governments, meet the needs of Minnesota's people, and give Minnesota a competitive position among the states.


In April 1983 Governor Rudy Perpich issued an executive order providing for the creation of the Minnesota Tax Study Commission. The commission was to study the relationship between state taxes and the business climate, and the relationship between state and local governments, including state aid and links between state and local taxes. Perpich said his intention is that the study will be similar to the J. Cameron Thomson study of 1956, and will make a "top-to-bottom review of Minnesota's tax system."

The commission was expected to make recommendations in two stages - for the 1984 legislative session, and again for the 1985 session. The Commission began its work in October 1983 and issued its final two volume report in December 1985.

The Commission became known as the "Latimer Commission" reflecting the leadership of its chair, St. Paul Mayor George Latimer.


16 members

Agency heads:

Chair: George Latimer

Note: The Legislative Reference Library may have additional reports on or by this group available through our catalog.
Framing the tax issue. Excerpt from "Tribune of the People: The Minnesota Legislature and its Leadership" by Royce Hanson, 1989.
News clippings and documents. Agencies Notebook Collection, 1983-1985.
Record last updated: 02/12/2024

All information on this group from the Library’s collection of agency notebooks has been digitized. These materials are incorporated into the “documents/articles” section of the record. Please contact a librarian with any questions. The Minnesota Agencies database is a work in progress.

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