Charge of the Committee
Public Act 07-4, of the June Special Session, established a Streamlined Sales Tax Commission to study and evaluate the changes that would need to be made to the provisions of chapter 219 of the Connecticut General Statutes in order for the state to become a full member of the Streamlined Sales Tax Governing Board and the benefits, to the state and to retailers, if the state were to become such a full member.
This report is in response to that directive and provides a summary of the Streamlined Sales Tax Project, a listing of the member states, issues that are unique to Connecticut as well as the recommendation of the Streamlined Sales Tax Commission.
Section 100 of Public Act 07-4 states: There is established a Streamlined Sales Tax Commission which shall be comprised of the following members: (1) The chairpersons and ranking members of the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to finance, revenue and bonding, or their designees; (2) two members appointed by the Governor; (3) two members appointed by the speaker of the House; (4) two members appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate; (5) one member appointed by the House Majority Leader; (6) one member appointed by the Senate Majority Leader; (7) one member appointed by the House Minority Leader; (8) one member appointed by the Senate Minority Leader; and (9) the Commissioner of Revenue Services and the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, or their designees.
The members of the Streamlined Sales Tax Commission respectively are:
Senator Eileen M. Dailey Co-Chair – Chair of the Finance Revenue and Bonding Committee Representative Cameron C. Staples – Chair of the Finance Revenue and Bonding Committee Senator William Nickerson – Ranking Member of the Finance Revenue and Bonding Committee Representative Craig Minor - Ranking Member of the Finance Revenue and Bonding Committee
Mr. Luigi G. Vasquez – Kaufman, Osit & Vasquez, PC Ms. Laura Wyeth – Pricewaterhouse Coopers
Mr. Alan Lieberman – Shipman and Goodwin, LLP Mr. Timothy Phelan – Connecticut Retail Merchant’s Association
Mr. Fred Carstensen – University of Connecticut Mr. Rick Pomp – University of Connecticut School of Law
Ms. Jennifer Blanchard – Geisler’s Supermarkets
Mr. Charles H. Lenore – Day Pitney, LLP
Mr. Scott Roberti – General Electric Company
Ms. Pam Law – Commissioner of Revenue Services Mr. Jeff Beckham Co-Chair – Office of Policy and Management