Under Proposed Plan, Trump Would Have to Disclose Tax Returns to Get on California’s 2020 Ballot

Donald Trump addresses supporters at an Election Night party in New York City on Nov. 9, 2016. (Credit: CNN)

Donald Trump addresses supporters at an Election Night party in New York City on Nov. 9, 2016. (Credit: CNN)

President-elect Donald Trump would have to disclose his tax returns to the public to win a spot on California’s statewide ballot in 2020 under a plan two lawmakers will introduce in Sacramento.

The legislation is inspired by a similar effort in New York and would require any candidate to disclose five years of tax returns no later than 50 days before a general election.

“Transparency is a non-partisan issue,” said state Sen. Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg) in a statement. “Voters not only deserve full disclosure of their future leader’s tax returns, they should be entitled to them.”

The refusal by the president-elect to release his tax returns broke a streak for candidate disclosure that dated back four decades. The efforts in California and New York seek to force candidates to comply by using election law.

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