This week, members of the House and Senate Democratic caucuses announced their proposal to make Michigan government more transparent. Under the plan, state elected officials will be required to disclose their personal finances and presidential candidates must release their most recent tax returns in order to appear on the Michigan ballot. It would also require state elected officials to disclose their personal finances, just as those running for the U.S. House and Senate do today. Presidential candidates would be mandated to release their last five years of tax returns. According to the caucus members, the proposal would increase awareness of potential conflicts of interest of elected officials. The bills have been referred to the Senate Elections and Government Reform Committee and the House Elections and Ethics Committee.
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