STATEHOUSE (Feb. 10, 2016) — State Rep. Eric Koch (R-Bedford) was recognized by the Tax Foundation for his accomplishments in state tax reform in 2015. Each year, the organization recognizes state legislators, governors and others for their accomplishments in improving tax policy through its Outstanding Achievement in State Tax Reform Award.
According to the Tax Foundation, “The honoree's accomplishments must (1) be outstanding, (2) be an achievement (not merely a proposal) during 2015, and (3) reform taxes to make them simpler, more neutral, more transparent, more stable, and more pro-growth.”
Rep. Koch was recognized for authoring legislation that requires the evaluation of all state and local tax incentives and for connecting the results to policymaking. His work has already led to the repeal of two ineffective tax incentives and been recognized as a national model for evidence-based tax reform by the Pew Charitable Trusts.
“Every tax incentive is paid for by other taxpayers,” said Rep. Koch. “That’s why we have an obligation to ensure that they are effectively achieving the intended results and not just subsidizing activity that would still otherwise occur.”
The Tax Foundation is the nation’s leading independent tax policy research organization. Its research, analysis and experts have informed smarter tax policy at the local, state, and federal levels.
The press release from the Tax Foundation about this year’s winners can be found here.
Rep. Koch (R-Bedford) represents all of Brown County, most of Lawrence County and parts of Monroe, Jackson and Johnson counties.