I hope you will print my thoughts about a bill sponsored by Jody Richards requiring candidates for statewide office to disclose income tax returns for at least the past two years. House Speaker Richards is on the right track. This is an ethics issue, and ethics should not be limited by partisan politics.
Candidates for statewide office are not exactly like the rest of us who can choose to live and work in a more private arena. When you run for statewide office, you are saying to the public, "Trust me, I'm working for you, and I expect you to pay my salary." Is that not correct?
To say, "Trust me, but my tax returns are none of your business," is like saying, "Trust me, I've nothing to hide, but I'm not letting you look." Yeah right, certainly, I can't trust you with that kind of attitude.