Holyoke mayor releases tax returns as part of congressional campaign


Staff Writer
Published: 9/23/2019 4:04:55 PM

HOLYOKE — As part of his campaign for U.S. representative, Mayor Alex Morse has released his federal and state tax returns dating back to 2012.

In a contest that has already drawn national attention, Morse is running against longtime incumbent Rep. Richard Neal, D-Springfield, in the Democratic primary race to represent the First Congressional District. 

Morse’s taxes show his total income ranging from $73,015 in 2012 to $80,280 in 2018, with a high of $94,226 in 2015. In 2012, Morse paid $11,786 in total federal taxes, and in 2018, $10,366. In 2015, he paid $14,600 in total federal taxes. Morse’s most recent year of tax filings show that he gave $2,000 to charity in 2018.

In a phone interview, Morse said that the variation in income from year to year is because he occasionally teaches a class at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Some years he has taught only one semester, and other years he has taught both, he said.

Morse said that the rest of his income comes from his salary as mayor, which has been $85,000 since he first took office in 2012. 

Morse said he released his tax returns going back eight years in order to include all of the years he has served as Holyoke’s mayor.

“I think it’s important to send a message that I want to run the type of campaign that’s reflective of the way that I want to govern,” he said. “The only special interests I have are the people who live in the First District.”

Neal has yet to release his own tax returns, though his campaign spokesman, Peter Panos, said in a statement that Neal “fully intends on releasing” them.

Dusty Christensen can be reached at dchristensen@gazettenet.com.

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