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AG Releases Tax Returns, Urges Other Officials To Follow Suit

Josh James

Attorney General Andy Beshear has released his 2017 tax returns and is challenging other constitutional officers – including Gov. Matt Bevin – to do likewise.

In an op-ed, the Democrat argues making the financial records public shows a commitment to transparency, something he says is lacking in the current executive branch. Beshear writes that Kentuckians are suffering because of “secret backroom deals” locking them out of the legislative process.

The son of former Gov. Steve Beshear and potential candidate for governor in 2019 has clashed frequently with Republican Gov. Matt Bevin, who has declined to release his returns.

"If it were required, I would do so," Bevin told WKYT-TV in 2015. "It's a smokescreen."

Democrats had hoped to capitalize on the issue in the election.

Monday, the governor’s office had no immediate reaction. Bevin has requested an extension to file his financial disclosures.

Beshear’s records show he earned more than $118,000, paid more than $12,000 in taxes, and donated $2,902 to charity in 2017.

Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now Revolution 91.7). After working as a DJ and program director, he knew he wanted to come home to Lexington and try his hand in public radio.
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