The New York Times reports:
In an attempt to work around the White House, Democratic lawmakers in Albany are trying to do what their federal counterparts have so far failed to accomplish: to obtain President Trump’s tax returns.
Albany lawmakers are seeking state tax returns, not the federal ones at the heart of the current standoff in Washington. But a tax return from New York — the president’s home state, and the headquarters of his business empire — could likely contain much of the same financial information as a federal return.
Under a bill that is scheduled to be introduced this week, the commissioner of the New York Department of Taxation and Finance would be permitted to release any state tax return requested by leaders of three congressional committees for any “specific and legitimate legislative purpose.”
I am introducing new legislation to allow New York State officials to release state tax returns in cooperation with Congressional investigations.
If Washington fails to give the American people the transparency they deserve, New York will take the lead.https://t.co/Q7lshMBWv8
— Senator Brad Hoylman (@bradhoylman) April 8, 2019