Democratic governor candidate Alex SinkĀ announced she will release five yearsā€™ worth of personal tax returns and is calling for her Republican opponent Rick Scott to do the same. In June, Scottā€™s rival in the Republican primary, Bill McCollum, challenged Scott to release his tax returns. He declined. Scottā€™s camp responds that they will release tax returns for the general election.

Sinkā€™s campaign maintains this is a 40-year tradition in Florida politics, dating back to former Gov. Reuben Askew in 1970, and that releasing the info shows ā€œa strong commitment to openness and transparency for the people of Florida.ā€ Republican Govs. Bob Martinez, Jeb Bush and Charlie Crist (now an independent candidate for U.S. Senator), along with Democratic Govs. Bob Graham and Lawton Chiles, all released several yearsā€™ worth of tax returns. Floridians ā€œdeserve to know about a governorā€™s background and finances,ā€ Sink stated in a press release.

Sink states she and her husband will post returns from 2005 to 2009 online next week. Scott listed a net worth of $218 million on his financial disclosure form.

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