Webinar Preview: Join in CSG's Tax Policy Reform Webinar

Capitol Ideas Growth and Prosperity Special Edition / April 21, 2011


Tax Policy Reform: What States Are Doing to Capture More Revenue

Wednesday, May 4 | 2 p.m. EDT | Register Now – It's FREE!


Jim Wayne | Representative, Kentucky


Michael Costa: Director, Vermont Blue Ribbon Tax Commission
Margaret “Missy” Fulton: Assistant Commissioner, New Hampshire Department of Revenue, 2010 Toll Fellows Class

As states continue to struggle with budget shortfalls in the face of increasing obligations in areas like defense, education, Medicaid and Medicare, more and more states are exploring reforms to their existing tax codes in the search for new revenue streams.  Join us for a discussion of the holes in many states’ existing tax codes – in particular sales tax code – and how states can reform their tax structure to capture more revenue. 

Kentucky Rep. Jim Wayne has worked tirelessly to push for tax reform in the Bluegrass. Recognizing that Kentucky, like many states has an antiquated tax code, Wayne has pushed for changes that will help capture revenue from today’s service based economy, as well as from a consumer market increasingly driven by e-commerce. Michael Costa, who led efforts in Vermont to analyze the state’s tax code, will join Wayne in the presentation. Vermont's efforts culminated in a Blue Ribbon Report of suggested changes and tax code improvements.

Additionally, Margaret Fulton, assistant commissioner in the New Hampshire Department of Revenue, will bring a unique perspective to the panel’s discussion. New Hampshire is one of few states without a sales tax.  As such, Fulton will discuss how New Hampshire has generated revenue from nontraditional streams in order to meet its budget requirements without a sales tax. Fulton’s insights may offer out of the box options that other states can use to supplement their existing tax revenue.

Who to contact?

For questions regarding registration or logistics:

Krista Rinehart
Henry Toll Fellows Program Manager
The Council of State Governments
(859) 244-8249