School of Economics Professor, Christine Ries, has been tapped for a committee charged with rewriting Georgia's tax code. The Special Council on Tax Reform and Fairness for Georgians was created June 1 through legislation signed by Governor Sonny Perdue.
As a member of the council, Ries will work with Gov. Perdue, four appointed Georgia lawmakers, the chairpersons of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the National Federation of Independent Business, and representatives from Georgia State University, the University of Georgia, and Mercer University. The council will study the state's revenue structure and develop tax code recommendations that will be submitted to the legislature's Special Joint Committee on Georgia Revenue Structure. The council's report will support formulation of new tax code legislation that will be presented to Georgia lawmakers for a vote in January.