As you can tell from the name of this blog - I think this is a great idea!
The governor was joined at the press conference by Assembly Speaker Karen Bass who also supports a commission to help find ways to improve California's tax system. She notes that much of our tax system dates back to the 1930s.
They called for a non-partisan review which is a great thing. Governor Schwarzenegger notes that tax reform has nothing to do with politics.
I've written on this topic of a commission structure before:
- A Tax Commission for California? How It Can Be Made to Work, California Progress Report, 7/27/08
- Minnesota Governor to form 21st Century Tax Commission, 2/08
" a. Establish 21st century tax structure that fits with state's 21st century economy;
b. Stabilize state revenues and reduce volatility;
c. Promote the long-term economic prosperity of the state and its citizens;
d. Improve California's ability to successfully compete with other states and nations for jobs and investments;
e. Reflect principles of sound tax policy including simplicity, competitiveness, efficiency, predictability, stability and ease of compliance and administration;
f. Ensure that tax structure is fair and equitable."
Hopefully with the strong support of the governor and assembly speaker and perhaps a heightened awareness by more people that California's tax system is in need of reform, the commission's recommendations will get serious discussion in the legislature.
For some suggestions on where California's tax system seems to be out-of-date and some ways to help modernize it, please see the website I maintain on the topic in the hopes of getting more discussion and broader awareness of the matter, please see:
What are your ideas for bringing California's tax system into the 21st century and what do you hope the commission will accomplish?