New York Senate OKs giving US House Trump state tax return for vanguard news ,
New York’s Senate easily approved a bill Wednesday that would allow three congressional committees to get access
to President Donald Trump‘s state tax returns,
Giving Democrats a potential end-run around the administration’s refusal to disclose the president’s federal returns.
The bill, which now goes to the state Assembly, doesn’t target Trump by name but would authorize state tax officials to release any state returns filed in New York if requested by the leaders of the House Ways and Means Committee,
The Senate Finance Committee or the Joint Committee on Taxation. Both chambers of the state Legislature are
Controlled by Democrats. The vote fell along party lines, with 39 Democrats in the 63-seat Senate voting for the measure.
Republicans said Democrats should be focused on lowering the state’s high taxes and improving the lives of New Yorkers, not going after the president’s tax returns, a move GOP senators deemed intrusive and a violation of privacy rights.
“I find that extremely troubling. This is bad public policy,” said John Flanagan, a Long Island Republican who leads the Senate’s GOP minority.
Trump’s home state is New York, where many of his business enterprises are based. Financial information in state returns is likely to mirror much of what is in his federal returns.
“Americans have the right to know if the president is putting his business empire, or the interests of the public, first,” said Susan Lerner, executive director of Common Cause New York, a group that supports the legislation.
Ahead of the vote on the tax returns bill, the Senate approved legislation designed to ensure that a presidential pardon doesn’t cover similar criminal charges filed at the state level.