Governor's 21st Century Tax Reform Commission
Active dates:February 29, 2008 - February 28, 2010
Function: The Commission's responsibilities include providing advice and recommendations to the Governor on reforming the state's tax laws with the goal of making long-term improvements in the revenue system that reflect changes in business practices, demographics, and the economy that have occurred in Minnesota and in other states.
The Commission will provide the Governor with a report of its recommendation by December 1, 2008 (note: this date was later extended).
Summary of Activities: Governor Pawlenty's 21st Century Tax Reform Commission was created by Executive Order 08‐06 issued on February 29th, 2008. Pursuant to that order commission recommendations were due on December 1, 2008. Subsequent to the issuance of Executive Order 08‐06, sudden, unforeseen changes in the economy promted Governor Pawlenty to issue Executive Order 08‐16 on November 7, 2008 amending the charge of the commission to include consideration of changes to the economy, the November forecast and the Governor's proposed budget in preparing its report and recommendations. Further, Executive Order 08‐16 extended the Commission's reporting deadline to February 15, 2009. The final report of the Commission was timely submitted to Governor Pawlenty on February 13, 2009. While the release of the Commission's report was met with considerable interest on the part of the House and Senate tax committee chairs, growing state budget problems precluded the enactment of the many of the Commission's recommendations. Nevertheless, the final Commission report raised awareness of the need to reduce certain business taxes in order to make Minnesota a more competitive place for new jobs and business investment. The 21st Century Commission Report will no doubt influence the course of Minnesota tax policy for years to come. As of the date of this report, all Commission recommendations under both executive orders have been transmitted to Governor Pawlenty. Accordingly, the terms of all 21st Century Tax Reform Commissioners have expired.
(From: 2010 Annual Compilation and Statistical Report of Multi-member Agencies, Minnesota Secretary of State)
Up to 15 members appointed by the Governor; two year terms.
Michael M. Vekich, Chair.
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