Donald Trump made headlines throughout the 2016 campaign for his refusal to release his tax returns to the public. Now, if he doesn’t comply to disclose that information in the lead-up to the 2020 election, he could find his name stripped from the ballot in some states.
The Rhode Island Senate on Tuesday passed a bill that would require all presidential candidates to make their tax returns from the past five years available for voters to see, or risk being left out at the polls. Lawmakers approved of the bill overwhelmingly, 34 to 3. The legislation will now move on to the statehouse for a vote.
The Democrats who run Rhode Island’s state Senate told The Providence Journal that “tax returns provide essential information about candidates’ conflicts of interest, and other vital information to a voter weighing a decision.”