According to Bill's returns, he has paid an effective tax rate of 31% on his income of $456,000 from strategic consulting and has accused Jay of using welfare programs to minimize his net expenditure in taxes. These may include food stamps, discounted healthcare, assistance with heating bills, and reduced fees for his children's educational expenses. Without this information voters won't know if the candidate's proposed tax policies would benefit themselves.
“Inslee won’t specify whether he would financially gain from his own agenda because it’s ‘none of our business’ how he feeds his family,” said Bill Bryant. The Republican contender stated that not only did he not qualify for those aforementioned benefits and therefore not receive any extra money from the federal government, but the amount he paid in his taxes from his increased tax rate actually paid for Jay's welfare.
The Democratic National Committee has released a statement saying "all citizens are entitled to benefits they are afforded by Congress and should not be judged based on taking advantage of them. Individuals don't need to justify themselves because our tax policies are validated by the democratic process and are applied equally without prejudice."