With the new Twins ballpark as the backdrop, it’s surprising more candidates didn’t participate in the gubernatorial forum in front of the Minnesota State Bar Association. Tom Horner and Matt Entenza answered questions specific to the legal world. They agreed on concerns about the politicizing of judicial elections. But they disagreed on taxes, with the former Republican-turned-Independent Horner being more open to increased sales taxes than DFLer Entenza.
When asked about extending the sales tax to legal services Entenza said “I’m not going to take a pledge, but I don’t think expanding the sales tax is the direction we want to go.” Horner on the other hand cited a nearly $6 billion shortfall saying “we’re going to need new revenue, I do think we need to increase the sales tax.” The IP-endorsed candidate added that some business taxes should be reduced as well as possibly lowering and broadening the sales tax.
Both were comfortable in this crowd, Horner with his business experience and Entenza as a lawyer. Entenza repeatedly referenced his legal career and pointed out Ramsey County Attorney Susan Gaertner in the crowd who endorsed him this week. Gaertner looked me up after the forum to say she thinks her reasons for supporting Entenza haven’t been clear. She said “Matt is the most moderate of the three (DFLers in the primary election).” Gaertner said she’s concerned about Margaret Anderson Kelliher’s support of single payer health care and Mark Dayton’s strategy to tax the rich.