While questions about Chris Dudley's tax dodging/possible evasion continue to swirl, John Kitzhaber opens up and agrees to make his tax returns public.
In the wake of questions about Republican gubernatorial nominee Chris Dudley’s residency during his first stint playing for the Portland Trail Blazers, WW asked Dudley and Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Kitzhaber for their tax returns from 1994 through 1998. The issue is whether Dudley lived in Washington, which has no income tax, from 1994 to 1998 as he claims, or whether he lived at least part of the time in Oregon, which has among the nation’s highest income tax rates.
Yesterday, Kitzhaber agreed to turn over his returns.
Jaquiss goes on to report that Dudley's campaign hasn't yet given a definitive answer as to whether they'll turn over his returns. Spokesman LeRoy Coleman says they're considering it.
Even if Dudley chooses to release his tax records--a number of other questions still remain: Did Dudley actually establish residency in Washington? Was he living in his Oregon residence at any time during the span he claimed to be a Washington resident? And finally, why should Oregonians vote for a guy who admits to dodging, but may have actually been evading...Oregon taxes?