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Jill Stein releases tax returns, urges rivals in MA governor race to do likewise

From Jill Stein for Governor of Massachusetts:

BOSTON (May 19, 2010) –  Calling it a commitment to transparency, and a show of respect for the voters of the commonwealth, Gubernatorial candidate Jill Stein released her personal tax returns for 2009 to the media.  In doing so, she called upon her rivals in this year’s race for governor to follow her lead.  Stein released the following statement:

“On November 2nd, voters in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts will make important choices about the people they want to govern our state for the next four years. As candidates, we owe it to the people to give them as much information as possible to help them make an informed choice. That means developing well-articulated policies, offering honest answers to difficult questions,  and participating in debates and community forums. This should also include the release of key financial information, such as tax returns. This is the sort of transparency that I think the voters want from the person who will be their next Governor.”

Stein’s returns, which are a joint filing with her husband,  showed that the bulk of the family income was in the form of wages earned by Stein’s husband who is a surgeon.  Stein is herself a physician, but most of her work in recent years as a public health researcher and environmental health physician has been done pro-bono, or in uncompensated support of grants given to non-profit public interest organizations. The family’s gross income for 2009 was $324,000.

Stein noted: “I hope we can show the voters in this state the respect they deserve, and stop keeping this kind of information from them.  I call on Charlie Baker, Tim Cahill, and Deval Patrick to make their tax returns available.  The voters deserve the chance to see the sources from which each candidate receives money,  what tax breaks they are using, and what particular tax bracket each candidate falls into.  This is information that people want to have when trying to decide whom they can trust to run the Governor’s office.”

Dave Schwab

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