Gov. Mark Dayton had $343,234 in income last year, with his earnings from capital gains and dividends from exceeding his income from his state salary of $116,125 from the state.
The Democratic governor earned $92,381 from a family trust, more than doubling what he had received from the Bruce Dayton trust the year before, and $130,291 from capital gains. In 2011, he earned $190,998 from capital gains. He gave $1,000 in to charity, according to the return.
The scion to the Dayton department store fortune, who successfully pushed to increase taxes on upper income Minnesotans this year, paid $64,157 in federal income and $24,990 in state taxes. The governor's office said that his combined effective tax rate was 29.75 percent last year.
If next year Dayton brings in the taxable income he did in 2012, he would have to pay the higher state income tax rate the Legislature passed and he signed into law in 2013.
Dayton has released his tax returns every year since 2010.
Several of the Republicans running against Dayton have also made agreements to release their tax returns.
As of Tuesday afternoon, only Republican Dave Thompson had released his return to the Star Tribune.
According to Thompson's return, he and his wife earned $198,322 last year. The state senator from Lakeville said his family brought in income from his senate salary, Twin Cities Power LLC, Thompson's legal work and his wife's teaching income.
According to his federal return his family gave $20,465 to charity.
Thompson paid about $40,000 in total taxes last year.
The Star Tribune on Tuesday also requested tax return details from Republicans
Jeff Johnson, Scott Honour and Kurt Zellers, who are running for governor, and will update this post if it receives those returns.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Jeff Johnson said late Tuesday that he would release his returns, minus information about his wife's income, to the Star Tribune quickly.
Dayton's tax return:
Thompson's tax return:
Three years early, Gov. Mark Dayton is taking a stand for his 2016 presidential pick.
The DFL governor joined Ready for Hillary, the political action committee supporting Democrat Hillary Clinton's potential run for president, the group said Thursday and Dayton's staff confirmed.
"Everyday, Minnesotans from all over our state and from all walks of life tell me that they want to see Hillary Clinton run for president in 2016," Dayton said in a release. "Hillary Clinton is the most qualified person to be the next president of the United States."
The governor has long been a Clinton fan. Back when Clinton was battling in Iowa in 2008, Dayton has said one of the Clintons would go to speak to any large group of Iowans but if two or three were gathered Dayton would go to sing Hillary Clinton's praises.
There is a lot of time and challenge between now and the 2016 election. Dayton, in his first term, first has his own race to run and win next year. Recent polling found that fewer than half of Minnesotans approve of the job he is doing.
Despite that, Dayton said: "I am proud to join the national movement that Ready for Hillary is leading to show her that, if she runs, she will have a huge grassroots army behind her."
Dayton served in the U.S. Senate with Clinton and he also helped fundraise for her presidential campaign in Minnesota..
The governor has a history of picking Hillary Clinton for early backing. As early as 2005, he introduced her as "the next great president of the United States of America." Three years later she lost her presidential bid to now president Barack Obama, who handily won Minnesota's presidential caucus that year.
Gov. Mark Dayton jumped into the controversy surrounding the Washington Redskins' name on Thursday, saying the NFL team’s name is “racist” and “offensive.”
“I believe the name should be changed,” the DFLer said at a news conference. “It’s antiquated and offensive in our present context.”
This is the latest flare up in a decades-long fight over the name, a racial description for indigenous people that many find offensive.
Dayton made the statement hours before Washington was set to take on the Minnesota Vikings at the Metrodome. American Indian Movement activists plan to host a rally to protest the arrival of team owner Daniel Snyder, who said he has no plans to change the name.
House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, said he didn't think the name needed to change. He attended the University of North Dakota, which caved to pressure from the NCAA to scrap a Fighting Sioux moniker and logo that many found offensive.
The governor said those who don’t like the Redskins name should focus their attention squarely on Washington.
“If you want to put an end to the name, get every member of Congress to sign a statement that they won’t attend a Redskins game in Washington or across the country until the name is changed,” Dayton said. “Put pressure on Congress. The team isn’t run by Congress, but it certainly is sensitive to the external pressures there.”
The fight has a key ally in Minnesota. U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum, a Democrat from Minnesota’s Fourth Congressional District, is co-chair of the Congressional Native American Caucus and is a leading voice in the fight to change the name. (Read this).
Dayton has spoken with the stadium authority, which controls the stadium, and believes “every effort is being made today and tonight to not use the term Redskins.”
He also hopes the moniker is eliminated or minimized in the new Minnesota Vikings stadium, unless the team changes its name.
Minnesotan and CEO of RBC Wealth Management John G. Taft (yes, of those political Tafts) raised some eyebrows this month by writing an opinion piece called “The cry of the true Republican” late last month in the New York Times.
The harsh piece on the current Republican brand also raised the question: Is John G. Taft thinking about running for office? The answer is an unequivocal: no.
“I am not running for, thinking about or involved in politics in the state,” Taft said.
He said his piece for the Times was broader than partisanship and politics.
“My message in that article wasn’t about the Republican Party, even though that was the theme,” he said. ”My message was about responsible behavior and responsible leadership and that really is what’s lacking right now in Washington.”
He said, while he is not aiming for office, he is politically engaged. He is a member of the Itaska Project, he said he is engaged in “an effort to retool the financial system so it’s a force for good in society rather than being a force that disrupts the economy and people’s lives" and had been very involved in working to defeat last year’s constitutional amendment to ban same sex marriage.
Last year, Taft gave at least $25,000 to the successful Minnesota campaign to defeat the constitutional amendment. In the previous 14 years, he had donated $8,875 to Minnesota causes and candidates, which included contributions to Democratic, Republican and Independence Party candidates.
A new poll from Public Policy Polling finds that half or less of Minnesotans approve of Democratic U.S. Sen. Al Franken and Gov. Mark Dayton but they are still well ahead of the Republicans running against them.
The first public poll in the 2014 races released this fall finds that 51 percent of Minnesotans approve of Franken's job performance and 48 percent approve of Dayton's handling of his job. While those numbers do not compare to the 59 percent approval rating Democratic U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar has, making her one of the most popular senators in the country, they still show that more people like them than find them wanting.
Adding to the good news for the Democrats: the poll showed that none of the Republicans running against either of the incumbents even comes close to besting them.
Their solid positions a year out from their re-election bids mark a striking change from the first time they ran. Franken won his first election in 2008 by just a few hundred votes and Dayton won his by fewer than 10,000 votes in 2010.
But in head to head match-ups, both the senator and the governor had double digit leads over their Republican opponents, the poll found. The poll found that the Republican candidates, some of whom have been running for months, were largely unknown to Minnesotans.
"Republican challengers to Franken and Dayton seem to have serious name-recognition issues heading into 2014," the pollster's analysis said.
Public Policy Polling, which does polling for liberal and Democratic clients, surveyed 895 Minnesota voters between Oct. 27 and Oct. 29. The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.3 percent.
The poll was taken just after a non-binding, non-scientific Republican Party straw poll found Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson was the leading choice for governor and state Sen. Julianne Ortman led the pack among senate candidates.
But the pollster found no particular candidate preference among would be Republican voters. The part of the poll that included only Republicans had a plus or minus 5.7 percent margin of sampling error.
Asked who they would prefer among senate candidates Jim Abeler, Chris Dahlberg, Mike McFadden, Julianne Ortman, and Mont Moreno, 53 percent of Republicans said they were not sure. (See page 52 below for more.)
Asked who they would prefer among the candidates for governor, 44 percent said they were not sure. The pollster asked about who Republicans would most like to see as their candidate for governor "given the choices of Scott Honour, Jeff Johnson, Julie Rosen, Marty Seifert, Dave Thompson, and Kurt Zellers." (See page 53 below for more.) Update: Rosen and Seifert are not yet running for governor but are considering making bids.