East County News Service
December 20, 2016 (San Diego) — Legislators in New York and California have introduced bills that would require presidential candidates to make their tax returns public in order to have their names on the state’s ballots.
The measures are in response to President-Elect Donald Trump’s refusal to disclose his tax returns.
California’s measure is coauthored by state senators Mike McGuire and Scott Wiener, both Democrats.
Senator Wiener says Americans deserve “honesty and transparency” regarding potential conflicts of interest such as those that Trump’s business empire could pose if he makes decisions that could impact those corporate interests.
Senator McGuire concludes, “Voters not only deserve full disclosure of their future leader’s tax returns, they should be entitled to them.”