Former U.S. Sen. Mark Dayton, a DFLer running for governor, said he would disclose his tax summary statement -- which shows the top lines of his annual income -- in about two weeks.
Dayton was asked about the potential for disclosure during a news conference Wednesday and said, after a nine second pause, "Yeah. I'll disclose it...within two weeks I'll disclose the summary."
He said his rival candidates should be held to the same standard.
"I'm sort of creating a standard here in this press conference," Dayton said, during the news conference where he announced his proposal to support Minnesota's senior citizens.
Although he is under no legal obligation to release his tax forms, he said he would do so. He cited President Obama's voluntary disclosure. During the campaign, Obama released six years of tax returns. In the White House, he also released his tax returns.
Other gubernatorial candidates have not yet made similar pledges for voluntary disclosure.
He did not take a similar stance about releasing the range of his assets. Those details are required by federal financial disclosure law. Back in 2006, he reported to the Senate that his assets ranged between $3.2 million and $12 million and had many investments. He has said since then that his portfolio has taken a dive along with the stock market.
But he said Minnesota law doesn't require him to disclose that range.
"The Senate has a different formula and there you disclose a range," Dayton said. "I think both of them strike a balance between the public's right to know...and also protecting a certain amount of privacy."
The Minnesota law requires more limited disclosure. Here is what Dayton disclosed on his statement of economic interest.
Dayton's running mate Yvonne Prettner Solon said she would consider releasing her tax returns as well.