#NotNormal – the missing Bevin tax returns

Part of the ongoing #NotNormal series

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We start our new #NotNormal series with something most people have forgotten about … but that is definitely not normal: Governor Matt Bevin not releasing his tax returns, even though he promised to do so.

In 2015, candidate Bevin refused to release his tax returns before the election, even though other candidates had done so. He said at the time that he would release his returns if he won.

It has now been 945 days since the election, and still no sign of his 2014 return.

Or the return for 2015.

Or 2016.

And, you guessed it – no release of his 2017 return, either.

That means that on July 30th of this year, it will have been one thousand days that Matt Bevin has failed to keep his word on releasing his tax returns.

And how #NotNormal is this? He is the first governor since 1995 to NOT release his returns. That’s over 20 years of governors that understood that they were servants of the people, not CEO of the state. Those governors understood that the people of the state deserve transparency, not secrecy, especially when it comes to money.

Unlike Matt Bevin, previous governors released their tax returns because they understood that they were servants of the people, not CEO of the state.Click To Tweet

Why is that transparency important? Well, consider these questions:

  • What acts of the state government have a financial impact on the governor?
  • What industries provide investment income to him?
  • Does he have sources of income outside of his salary as governor, and if so, what are they and how much do they generate?
  • Can he be bribed? Can we tell?

We have few answers to these questions, because we have not seen the tax returns and schedules.

So, as we start calling out things that are #NotNormal, in order to keep them from being accepted as normal, we start with an early and obvious one: Matt Bevin being the first governor in 20 years to break his promise and refuse to release his tax returns is #NotNormal.

Matt Bevin being the first governor in 20 years to break his promise and refuse to release his tax returns is #NotNormal.Click To Tweet

Where are they, Governor? Or do you have something to hide?

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Bruce Maples
Bruce Maples has been involved in politics and activism since 2004, when he became active in the Kerry Kentucky movement. He has been President, Vice-President, and Treasurer of the Metro Democratic Club, and has served on the Democratic Party Executive Committee in Louisville. He began blogging in 2004, and currently operates two personal blogs (BruceMaples.com and brucewriter.com). He founded Forward Kentucky in the wake of the state elections in 2015, and expanded it in the summer of 2016. He has lived in Louisville since 1992 with his wife and two sons.