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BOE Chairman Horton Appoints Board Members to Key BOE Committees

Board of Equalization Chairman Jerome E. Horton

Board of Equalization Chairman Jerome E. Horton announced that he has named Board Vice Chair Michelle Steel to chair the agency’s Business Taxes Committee, and appointed Board Member Betty T. Yee to chair the BOE’s Customer Service and Administrative Efficiency Committee.

Vice Chair Steel will chair the Business Taxes Committee which oversees the Board’s rulemaking activities and policy discussions regarding the sales and use tax, as well as the other business taxes and fees administered by the Board.

Ms. Steel presently serves as California’s senior-ranking Republican constitutional officer. She has served on the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and was appointed by Assembly Speaker Curt Pringle to the California World Trade Commission.

As Chair of the Customer Service and Administrative Efficiency Committee, Board Member Yee will oversee Board policy discussions regarding efficient and effective service to taxpayers and educational outreach.

Ms. Yee has more than 29 years of experience in public service, specializing in state and local finance. She is the former Chief Deputy Director for Budget with the California Department of Finance and served as a senior staff member on several fiscal and policy committees in the State Senate and Assembly.

“I am pleased to have such talented, capable and competent leadership in these two Board Members and appreciate their willingness to serve in these new roles,” said Chairman Horton. “In addition to the traditional duties of these committees, Ms. Steel, who is well known as a taxpayer advocate, will continue to exercise leadership in advocating for legislation that furthers the mission of the BOE. I am asking Ms. Yee to oversee all Board-level discussions of communication, outreach and related customer service matters.”

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