Please sign on to Sen. Barrett’s tax transparency bill S.98 (6 Responses)

Hi Will,
Last I checked, you were not among the more than 50 cosponsors for this bill, which would require presidential candidates to release three years of the US tax returns in order to qualify for the MA ballot. If you don’t object to the bill, please sign on and work to help it pass.

Response from Will

Thanks, Geoff.

Correct, I am not cosponsoring this bill.

I completely get the motivation for it — it is outrageous that President Trump was unwilling to disclose his tax returns.

At the same time, it troubles me that individual states could set disclosure rules as a condition of ballot access. I’ve heard it argued that this is constitutional, but I’m concerned that it could lead to a patchwork of enactments in different states that might come at it from a variety of political perspectives.

I’m not necessarily opposed — I’m still considering it — but I do have reservations that I need to overcome before supporting it. I expect to make a decision later in the process as more information comes out.

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