Dayton, Kelliher Spar Over Taxes
By: Associated Press, Associated Press
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Democratic primary campaign for governor is heating up.
Former U.S. Sen. Mark Dayton called Tuesday on the Democratic-run Legislature to raise millionaires' income taxes in the coming weeks, saying lawmakers shouldn't hold back even if Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty vetoes the bill.
He says he hopes to enlist the Legislature as an ally to raise money for public schools.
House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher (KEL'-uh-her) says Dayton is "out of touch" and "not up to speed" because the Legislature has approved higher income taxes for the wealthy multiple times, only to have Pawlenty block the legislation.
Dayton, Kelliher and former state Rep. Matt Entenza (en-TEN'-zah) are competing in an August primary. Kelliher is the party-endorsed candidate.
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