Posted by Jeremy Shulkin
Green party gubernatorial candidate Jill Stein has released her 2009 taxes so that every voter in Massachusetts can know her business, and she’s calling on the other candidates to do the same (from a press release sent this morning):
As candidates, we owe it to the people to give them as much information as possible to help them make an informed choice. That means developing well-articulated policies, offering honest answers to difficult questions, and participating in debates and community forums. This should also include the release of key financial information, such as tax returns. This is the sort of transparency that I think the voters want from the person who will be their next Governor.”
But let’s get to the good stuff (more from the press release, all [sic]‘ed out):
Steins returns, which are a joint filing with her husband, showed that the bulk of the family income was in the form of wages earned by Steins husband who is a surgeon. Stein is herself a physician, but most of her work in recent years as a public health researcher and environmental health physician has been done pro-bono, or in uncompensated support of grants given to non-profit public interest organizations. The familys gross income for 2009 was $324,000.