Republican candidate for governor Kurt Zellers and his wife took in $116,222 last year and paid $13,244 in taxes, according to information released by his campaign.
State Rep. Zellers joins DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican rivals state Sen. Dave Thompson and Hennepin County commissioner Jeff Johnson in voluntarily releasing his tax information. Minnesota requires officials to release very little information about their income but some gubernatorial candidates have chosen to add an extra layer of transparency.
Unlike Dayton, Thompson and Johnson, Zellers has not released any information about his charitable giving, despite a request from the Star Tribune. Update: He paid $5,057 in state taxes, according to his campaign.
Donations to charity, or lack thereof, have a caused a bit of turmoil this year as Dayton tax release disclosed that he gave $1,000 to charity last year from his income of more than $340,000.
Republican candidate for governor Scott Honour, a businessman who is believed to be among the most well off of the candidates, will release his tax information, his campaign said.
Republican Marty Seifert, who officially entered the race last week, said he would not follow suit in disclosing details of his income.