Perdue signs measure to create tax council

Gov. Sonny Perdue signed into law a measure that creates the Special Council on Tax Reform and Fairness for Georgians aimed at studying of the state’s “current revenue structure.”

“Throughout my term and during this challenging economic time, we have transformed state government by implementing efficiencies and cost-savings measures in our agencies,” Perdue said in a news release. “This legislation sets up a framework that will allow for a serious examination of our tax code and ensure that it works for Georgians.”

State officials likened the council’s process to the Department of Defense’s Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission. Following its study, the council will present its finding – along with any recommend legislation – to the Speaker of the House and the Lieutenant Governor.

“This is a big victory for small business,” NFIB Georgia State Director David Raynor said in a news release. “Small business is the heart and soul of Georgia’s economy and one of the challenges facing our entrepreneurs and small, family businesses is high taxes.”

The council’s members are:

  • Dr. David Sjoquist, Georgia State University
  • Dr. Jeffrey Humphreys, the University of Georgia
  • Dr. Roger Tutterow, Mercer University
  • Dr. Christine Ries, Georgia Tech
  • The 2010 chairperson of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce
  • The 2010 Georgia chairperson of the National Federation of Independent Business
  • Two members each appointed by the Lieutenant Governor and the Speaker of the House
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