Commission on the 21st Century Economy

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Commission on the 21st Century Economy
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About the Commission

Governor Schwarzenegger's Executive Order S-15-09 mandated the bipartisan Commission on the 21st Century Economy to re-examine and modernize California's out-of-date revenue laws that contribute to feast-or-famine state budget cycles.

The Commission is comprised of 14 members; seven appointed by the Governor, and seven appointed by the legislature.

Applying the principles outlined in Governor Schwarzenegger's Executive Order S-15-09, the Commission will suggest changes to state and local revenues that will result in a revenue stream that is more stable and reflective of the California economy. The Commission will report its findings to the Governor and legislature on or before September 20, 2009.


  • Establish a 21st century tax structure that fits with the state's 21st century economy;
  • Stabilize state revenues and reduce volatility;
  • Promote the long-term economic prosperity of the state and its citizens;
  • Improve California's ability to successfully compete with other states and nations for jobs and investments;
  • Reflect principles of sound tax policy including simplicity, competitiveness, efficiency, predictability, stability, and ease of compliance and administration;
  • Ensure that tax structure is fair and equitable.