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QoD: September 7, 2017

by Countable | 9.7.17

Residents of the state of Massachusetts are proposing a ballot measure that would require any future presidential candidate to disclose his or her tax returns for the prior six years.

Secretary of State William Galvin, a Democrat, said the following while giving testimony about the bill:

https://www.countable.us/articles/1060-mass-bill-require-presidential-candidates-release-tax-returns

Want more? Check out our article Mass. Bill Would Require Presidential Candidates to Release Tax Returns .

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  • Terri
    09/08/2017
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    This should be law at both the Federal and state levels for all public servants as they may be in positions of influence.

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  • William
    09/08/2017
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    After all this foolishness with Trump, we now know that we can't rely on the ethics and morality of a presidential candidate to divest himself or herself of businesses or property which would create the potential for conflicts of interest were they be elected to the office. We should have laws which require complete public financial disclosure, including federal tax returns for the previous 10 years, when a individual becomes a candidate for their party's nomination. Those writing the bill would create a mechanism for bipartisan committees to identify potential conflicts and for the candidate to fully divest once elected and prior to being sworn in. Failure to fully divest would be grounds for impeachment.

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  • Mark
    09/08/2017
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    Why is it that politicians have a problem with disclosing that information? It makes them look like they have something to hide.

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  • Deirdre
    09/08/2017
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    I am all for this. It's horrible that we the American people do not have transparency with trump. We need this

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  • Care4all
    09/08/2017
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    I agree. After all, we should know much more about who could be our President.

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  • Justin
    09/08/2017
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    It is sad that a presidential candidate should wish to deny the American people transparency in any respect, especially in such complicated and high-profile cases as those recently presented, but that is, woefully, the state of politics at large in this country these days and we must fight back: I should even propose extending the stipulation to Congress members and anyone else complicit in the spying-on of the American people who wish to retain their own financial privacy - or can we not allow the workers to see the bosses' paychecks for fear of outrage? Nothing to hide = nothing to fear; this is what we are told at least.

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  • Anya
    09/08/2017
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    That and a clean bill from a team of psychiatrists!

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  • Joanne
    09/08/2017
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    This is a great quote. I believe, I hope , that there will be many changes in many of our policies, laws and ideas because of trump. I hope that, because of trump, Americans have learned a lesson. Know who and what is going on in our government. Make your voice heard and always vote. NEVER take your rights, freedoms and democracy for granted!!!

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  • Cindylen
    09/08/2017
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    Rock on Massachusetts!

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  • Claude
    09/08/2017
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    There is no good reason for candidates to hide tax returns

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  • Derrek
    09/08/2017
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    Federal and state level representatives, and all govt officials/workers. Transparency or treachery.

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  • Holly
    09/08/2017
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    Just as in 1775, Massachusetts shows America the way. Thank you, Bill Galvin!

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  • Christen
    09/11/2017
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    It should be the law to show your tax returns if you were going to be a public servant.

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  • Nona
    09/09/2017
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    To run for public office especially at federal level is to embrace public scrutiny as part of the package. There should be no objection to state right to require something beyond Constitutional bare minimum requirements when it is so revealing and has been traditional. Yes one has a right to privacy, but by running for high level office one loses that privacy, although this should only be lost to the extent that it will guard against conflicts of interest.

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  • Terry
    09/08/2017
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    Except in foundations like the Clinton's.

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  • Peter
    09/08/2017
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    This is the correct approach, we shouldn't force anything, unless it's the law.

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  • Norma
    09/08/2017
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    I've never heard of any other President showing their tax returns. Another witch hunt.

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  • Eileen
    09/08/2017
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    Prior Presidents have released their returns and it should be required. If you are going to run this country then financial information is important. Donald Trump does not want us to know who he owes and the fact that he is not as rich as he alludes to!

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  • Abbi
    09/08/2017
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    What is he hiding? Show the returns you slug!

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  • Lawrence
    09/08/2017
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    Yes , great bill.

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