By Bob Katzen




Sen. Mike Barrett (D-Lexington) plans to file legislation for the 2017-2018 legislative session that would require presidential candidates in major party primary elections and the General Election to submit specific years of their tax returns to the Secretary of State in order to have their name put on the ballot. Primary candidates would have to provide their three most recently filed returns and General Election candidates their five most recent. The secretary of state would be required to make the returns public.

   Barrett said that until Donald Trump refused to release his tax returns, every major party candidate for president for almost four decades has released his or her tax returns. “Many Americans just assumed that the stature of the Office of the President ensured the observance of certain practices that are unwritten but responsible and well-established, one of which is the disclosure by candidates of recent tax returns and, by extension, possible conflicts of interest,” Barrett said. “The 2016 election shattered this confidence. I hope we can come together to rebuild it.”


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