Gov. Beshear Releases Tax Returns, Renews Calls for Transparency

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As the commonwealth is nearing closer to the date of its primary election, Gov. Andy Beshear released his tax returns for 2019 yesterday and once again called on other office holders to do the same.

The Governor also released his 2019 Statement of Financial Disclosure and launched a transparency webpage listing executive flight details.

“Elected officials must earn the public’s trust and demonstrate that they aren’t beholden to any special interests,” said Gov. Beshear. “Kentuckians deserve to know their leaders aren’t indebted to those whose interests are in conflict with those of the people of the commonwealth.”

Beshear’s adjusted gross income totaled $151,148, which included his salary as Attorney General for most of the calendar year and as Governor for the last three weeks of December along with some stock dividends.

Gov. Beshear’s tax return also shows that his family, like many others across the commonwealth and country, is still paying off student loans.

The Governor’s 2019 calendar year Statement of Financial Disclosure, which was required to be filed by elected officials and Executive Branch officers this year by June 15, includes additional information. The Governor listed two gifts traditionally received by the Governor of Kentucky.

First elected to public office in 2015, Beshear has released his tax returns for every year he has served, beginning in 2017 when he released his 2016 returns. He is the first Kentucky Attorney General to have released his taxes for each year he held that office.

Gov. Beshear also announced an updated section of his website that includes the priorities he laid out at the beginning of his administration – the WHERE: Wages, Health Care, Education, Retirement and Example. This new page of the website includes regularly updated information on flights the Governor has taken, fulfilling his promise to share information about his use of state aircraft with Kentuckians.

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