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Eleven Minnesota governor candidates line up at a Wednesday hunger forum. From left are: Tom Bakk, Mark Dayton, Tom Emmer, Margaret Anderson Kelliher, John Marty, Marty Seifert, Susan Gaertner, Michael Jungbauer, Tom Rukavina, Paul Thissen and Leslie Davis. Tribune photo by Don Davis

Forum shows differences among governor candidates; DFL'ers wants to tax rich, Republicans wants tax cuts

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ST. PAUL -- Tom Rukavina did not mince words in Minnesota's first gubernatorial forum featuring candidates from both major parties.

"I am going to tax everybody in this room," the Virginia, Minn., Democratic state representative declared.

He promised that if elected he would raise taxes on the richest Minnesotans more than others, but all Minnesotans would pay an income tax surcharge.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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