Dis­clos­ing in­come tax re­turns

The Korea Times - - OPINION -

There was never a good rea­son for Cal­i­for­nia to try pun­ish­ing Pres­i­dent Trump by re­quir­ing can­di­dates to dis­close their in­come tax re­turns in or­der to ap­pear on the pri­mary elec­tion bal­lot. But life in our vir­tual one-party state meant that a state law was passed any­way to do ex­actly that. For­tu­nately, a judge struck it down.

Alex Padilla, Cal­i­for­nia’s sec­re­tary of state, is bent on sav­ing the law. So is Gov. Gavin New­som, who in­formed a fed­eral court of his in­ten­tion to file an ap­peal. Both men should cut it out and fo­cus on the state’s more im­por­tant busi­ness.

Se­nate Bill 27, in­tro­duced by Sens. Mike McGuire, D-Healds­burg and Scott Wiener, D-San Fran­cisco, was sim­i­lar to a bill ve­toed by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2017.

“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,’’ noted Brown in his veto mes­sage, which also raised ques­tions about the con­sti­tu­tion­al­ity of the pro­posal and the risk of a slip­pery slope should the bill be­come law.

But that didn’t stop the Leg­is­la­ture and New­som from go­ing ahead with it any­way this time around. The bill was signed in July.

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