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Quotables: GOP gubernatorial candidates' tax-return gambit

| Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 9:00 p.m.
Candidates seeking the Republican Party's nomination to challenge Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf's re-election bid are (from left) Pennsylvania Sen. Scott Wagner, Laura Ellsworth and Paul Mango.
Candidates seeking the Republican Party's nomination to challenge Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf's re-election bid are (from left) Pennsylvania Sen. Scott Wagner, Laura Ellsworth and Paul Mango.

Call it the “Trump effect”: The three Republican candidates for Pennsylvania governor said they will not release their tax returns. (Democrat Gov. Tom Wolf's campaign said he will release his returns). The Republicans' response mirrors the move by candidate Donald Trump, who declined to release his tax returns — the first-major party candidate for president to refuse to do so in 40 years, according to The Associated Press. Candidates for Pennsylvania governor are required to file statements of financial interest with the State Ethics Commission, although these are not as detailed, or revealing, as tax returns. In the race for the state's top elective office, we remind, there is no such thing as too much transparency.

“When you talk about the eyes being a window into someone's soul, the tax return is the window into someone's financial decisions and choices.”

Laurie Siebert

Bethlehem-based certified public accountant

“Tax returns give voters important information about a candidate's potential conflicts of interest and, if elected, whether they would personally benefit from the policies they promote.”

Brendan Fischer

Lawyer for The Campaign Legal Center

“Voters should and do want to know where their officials' money comes from, what debts they hold and who they've done business with.”

Jordan Libowitz

Spokesman for Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington

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