Lincoln County Rep. Joe Kiser was named by House Speaker Richard Morgan to the legislative Study Commission on a 21 Century Revenue System.
Kiser was appointed as one of six House members on the commission.
â€œJoe did excellent work last session on the House Appropriations Committee as the Justice and Public Safety chair,â€ Morgan said. â€œI know heâ€™ll bean effective and productive member of the Commission.â€
Kiser said he appreciated the appointment.
â€œI recognize that our Stateâ€™s revenue system could be improved. This is a big project to tackle, but one that deserves our consideration,â€ he said.
The General Assembly created the commission in response to legislative studies showing a need to restructure the stateâ€™s tax system in response to changing economic circumstances. One study in particular, the Governorâ€™s Commission to Modernize State Finances, recommended in 2002 to lower tax rates and broaden the tax base. The new commission will take these and other recommendations into consideration as it examines ways to establish a new system.Speaker Morgan also appointed two other Republican House members to the commission, Representative Bill Daughtridge and Representative Bill McGee. The rest of the commission consists of three House members appointed by Speaker Jim Black and six appointed by Senate President Pro Tempore Marc Basnight. The commission will meet during the legislative interim and will report its findings to the 2005 General Assemblyby Staff Reports