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Mon Apr 8, 2019, 08:19 PM

To Get Trump's Tax Returns, N.Y. Democrats Try a New Strategy

ALBANY — In an attempt to work around the White House, Democratic lawmakers in Albany are trying to do what their federal counterparts have so far failed to accomplish: to obtain President Trump’s tax returns.

Albany lawmakers are seeking state tax returns, not the federal ones at the heart of the current standoff in Washington. But a tax return from New York — the president’s home state, and the headquarters of his business empire — could likely contain much of the same financial information as a federal return.

Under a bill that is scheduled to be introduced this week, the commissioner of the New York Department of Taxation and Finance would be permitted to release any state tax return requested by leaders of three congressional committees for any “specific and legitimate legislative purpose.”

The bill is the most recent proposal from New York lawmakers trying to cast light on the president’s personal finances and business dealings, but it could also open the Democratic majorities in the Legislature to charges of politicizing state law to embarrass the president ahead of his expected re-election campaign.

State Senator Brad Hoylman, a Manhattan Democrat who is sponsoring the legislation, defended the bill, saying it is designed to be “a safety valve for any attempt by the White House to block the Congress from doing this at the federal level.”

“We’re creating a parallel track,” Senator Hoylman added.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/to-get-trumps-tax-returns-ny-democrats-try-a-new-strategy/ar-BBVIsLn?li=BBnbcA1

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Mon Apr 8, 2019, 08:26 PM

1. I don't really get the difference here

This good amendment has the same "for a legislative purpose" requirement as the federal law. That makes sense and should be in the amendment. But I don't see how a judge rules differently here than for the federal case.

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Mon Apr 8, 2019, 08:39 PM

2. Gov. Cuomo supports the bill.

According to a sponsor on All In.

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Mon Apr 8, 2019, 08:59 PM

3. Who cares if it's politicizing state law. The GOP would do it to a Dem.

After everything McConnell has done in the Senate to ruin the country I have no problem with the NY State Democrats politicizing anything. I'm not saying we should go low when they go low.

What I'm saying is they've backed us into a corner where we have few alternatives. The survival of the nation is at stake.

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