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New York Lawmakers OK Giving Congress Access To Trump’s State Tax Returns

May 22, 2019 - 2:33 pm

ALBANY (WCBS 880/AP) — New York state lawmakers on Wednesday approved a bill that would allow three congressional committees to gain access to President Donald Trump’s state tax returns.

The bill, which was approved by the state Senate earlier this month, does not target the president directly, but would authorize state tax officials to release the tax returns of any New Yorker if requested by the leaders of the House Ways and Means Committee, the Senate Finance Committee or the Joint Committee on Taxation.

The legislation would apply to all New York residents, including Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Sen. Chuck Schumer and President Trump.

Many of Trump’s business enterprises are based in the state. Financial information in state returns is likely to mirror much of what is in his federal returns.

New York Republicans have denounced the legislation as a politically motivated attack on privacy.

"Senate and Assembly Democrats have wasted weeks on their singular obsession with getting a peek at President Trump's taxes," Senate Republican Leader John Flanagan, R-Suffolk County, said. "And in that time they've done absolutely nothing to help hardworking, middle-class taxpayers struggling to provide for their families and make ends meet."

The proposed changes to state law were made amid a battle going on in Washington over Trump's federal returns.

Cuomo, a Democrat, has said he supports legislation allowing the president’s tax returns to be made public. He is expected to sign the measure into law.

(© 2019 WCBS 880. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)