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Mark Dayton to disclose tax summary; Kelliher says yes; Entenza, no

Former U.S. Sen. Mark Dayton, who’s running to be the DFL candidate for governor in the Aug. 10 primary election, says he’ll release a tax summary within the next two weeks.

Former U.S. Sen. Mark Dayton, who’s running to be the DFL candidate for governor in the Aug. 10 primary election, says he’ll release a tax summary within the next two weeks. And he’s urging the other candidates to do so, too, says the Star Tribune’s politics blog.

The promise came today at a press conference; when asked about releasing his taxes, Dayton paused for nine seconds before agreeing to do it, the paper said.

Dayton — part of the family that used to own the Dayton’s department stores — reported a hefty fortune when he served in the Senate. In 2006, his required financial disclosure said his assets ranged between $3.2 million and $12 million and had many investments, the paper said.

But as recently as the DFL state convention in April, Dayton talked about how the stock market fizzle has taken a toll on his assets.

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State laws don’t require that federally required kind of financial disclosure, so Dayton’s tax summary would be voluntary and the other candidates would have no obligation to comply.

After Dayton’s announcement DFL contender Matt Entenza — who, with his wife, former UnitedHealth Group executive Lois Quam, has a massive net worth — indicated through a spokesperson that he would not follow suit.

Margaret Anderson Kelliher, the DFL-endorsed candidate, said she would.