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It was a full house for a St. Paul governor candidate forum Wednesday, but only about half of the candidates attended. From left are Tom Bakk, Mark Dayton, Tom Emmer, Margaret Anderson Kelliher, John Marty, Marty Seifert, Susan Gaertner, Michael Jungbauer, Tom Rukavina, Paul Thissen and Leslie Davis. (Don Davis / State Capitol Bureau)

Minnesota governor's race: Democrats willing to raise taxes

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Tom Rukavina did not mince words in Minnesota's first gubernatorial forum featuring candidates from both major parties.

"I am going to tax everybody in this room," the Virginia Democratic state representative declared.

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He promised that if elected he would raise taxes on the richest Minnesotans more than others, but all Minnesotans would pay an income tax surcharge.

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