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File #: 17-0021R    Version: 0 Name: Request for State Action - Require Presidential Candidates to Release Tax Returns
Type: City Council Resolution Status: Adopted
File created: 4/3/2017 In control: City Council
On agenda: Final action: 4/3/2017
Enactment #:
Title: Request for State Action - Require Presidential Candidates to Release Tax Returns For the purpose of supporting the longstanding tradition requiring that presidential candidates release tax return information to allow serious and informed discussion about their financial history, and calling on the General Assembly to adopt, and the Governor to sign, the Presidential Candidate Tax Transparency Act, or similar legislation, to give this tradition the force of law.
Sponsors: Robert Stokes, Sr., Brandon M. Scott, Ryan Dorsey, Kristerfer Burnett, Bill Henry
Indexes: Candidates, President, Request for State Action
Attachments: 1. 17-0021R~1st Reader
* Warning: This is an unofficial, introductory copy of the bill.
The official copy considered by the City Council is the first reader copy.
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City of Baltimore
Council Bill R
(Resolution)

Introduced by: Councilmember Stokes



A Resolution Entitled

A Council Resolution concerning
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Request for State Action - Require Presidential Candidates to Release Tax Returns
For the purpose of supporting the longstanding tradition requiring that presidential candidates release tax return information to allow serious and informed discussion about their financial history, and calling on the General Assembly to adopt, and the Governor to sign, the Presidential Candidate Tax Transparency Act, or similar legislation, to give this tradition the force of law.
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Leading presidential candidates from both major parties have voluntarily released multiple years of their tax returns for the better part of two generations. This gives voters an objective record to evaluate how they have earned their money, what conflicts of interest they would face if elected, what charities they support, and how they have conducted their finances.

Unfortunately, in the most recent election cycle this important tradition was not universally complied with, undermining the longstanding norm that disclosure of financial information is required of serious contenders to lead our nation.

Without tax information critics and supporters of presidential candidates are left without any objective facts with which to discuss important elements of a potential president’s history, leading to speculation and unfounded assertions that demean our democratic proc...

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