Governor's Blue Ribbon Tax Reform Commission records, 1978-1979

Wisconsin. Department of Revenue

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  • Records of a commission created by Executive Order 52, and sometimes known as the Knowles Commission because it was chaired by State Senator Robert P. Knowles. The commission's mission was to carry out a complete reexamination of Wisconsin's personal and corporate income tax, sales tax, inheritance tax, and property tax, and to offer recommendations for improvements.
  • The records include correspondence from constituents, legislators, and advocacy groups to and from Executive Director Todd A. Berry; meeting minutes and motions; public testimony; memoranda and analyses prepared by the Research Division of the Department of Revenue, which staffed the Commission; clippings and press releases; draft versions of the preliminary and final report; results of surveys on attitudes about taxation among the elderly, tax-induced out-migrants, and the general population; and subject files on tax issues.


  • The final and preliminary reports, as well as the DOR's Tax Burden Study issue papers are available in the Government Documents section of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Library.
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