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Rep. Tom Rukavina, the shortest Minnesota governor candidate at 5-foot-3, is the center of attention before a Wednesday forum. With him are Reps. Tom Emmer and Margaret Anderson Kelliher. Don Davis/Minn. State Capitol Bureau

Forum shows slight differences among governor candidates

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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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