Most State Lawmakers Won't Disclose Tax Returns

Bidness as Usual

This is one in a series of occasional stories about ethics and transparency in the part-time Texas Legislature.

When a Texas Tribune reporter asked state Rep. Joe Pickett to voluntarily provide his last three tax returns as part of a legislative transparency project, the El Paso Democrat was frank. "It's hard enough being an elected official these days," he said. "I think that's way too much invasion of privacy." 

It's a sentiment shared by virtually all of his colleagues.

Of the 180 current members of the Legislature, just two — Reps. James White ...

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