Months ago, we met with Erin Cruz in Sacramento at the Unity Rally Against SB 27; a bill California lawmakers wanted to enact that would force all candidates to produce their tax returns in order to be put on official ballots, and run for office. This was the Left’s transparent attempt to keep our very own Donald J. Trump off this next election’s ballot.
Governor Jerry Brown already vetoed a similar bill, but the California Senate just passed SB 27 CA, a measure to Force Presidential Candidates to release tax returns to be on state ballots. SB 27 passed the Senate Thursday, 27-10.
“It’s Unconstitutional because it directly or indirectly creates a new eligibility requirement that Article II of the Constitution doesn’t fathom,” said Sen. Minority Leader Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield). “We could also require candidates to make public their birth certificates,” she added. “In the end, Sacramento is once again deciding that it knows better than the millions of Californians, that may vote on a Republican ballot next year, and millions of Californians that will vote on a general ballot next year.”-California Globe
Although tax returns are by law confidential, many presidential candidates have voluntarily released them. This bill is a response to President Trump’s refusal to release his returns during the last election. While I recognize the political attractiveness — even the merits — of getting President Trump’s tax returns, I worry about the political perils of individual states seeking to regulate presidential elections in this manner. First, it may not be constitutional. Second, it sets a “slippery slope” precedent. Today we require tax returns, but what would be next? Five years of health records? A certified birth certificate? High school report cards? And will these requirements vary depending on which political party is in power? A qualified candidate’s ability to appear on the ballot is fundamental to our democratic system. For that reason, I hesitate to start down a road that well might lead to an ever escalating set of differing state requirements for presidential candidates.– Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed an identical bill in 2017
Gov. Brown did not release his tax returns while he was in office.
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For more articles about this bill, please see the site here: https://californiaglobe.com/section-2/gov-newsom-signs-unconstitutional-bill-requiring-candidates-tax-returns/