Walz Talks Taxes, Johnson Gets Surprise Endorsement

June 01, 2018 10:58 AM

The state political conventions are coming up in early June and the campaign trail is heating up as candidates seek support for their party endorsements. Democrat Tim Walz will appear on a broadcast of "At Issue with Tom Hauser" on Sunday morning talking about a wide range of issues, from gun control to health care to the budget.

Walz says he will not rule out tax increases to balance the budget, but it won't always be his first choice.

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"The quality of life in Minnesota is different and better than many places in the country because we invest in things," Walz said. "My philosophy on this is people are willing to pay taxes as long as they believe they're fair and they believe they're being spent in a manner that benefits the state and benefits them. So I obviously believe in progressive taxation. To who much is given, much is expected of them. But that's a sense of fairness that comes into it."

On the Republican side of the governor's race, Jeff Johnson received a surprising endorsement from a woman who served as the lieutenant governor for former Governor Tim Pawlenty, one of Johnson's opponents for the GOP nomination.

RELATED: Pawlenty's Lt. Governor Endorses Rival

"I'm doing this because I really believe Jeff aligns with my values and principles as closely as any candidate could and I believe Jeff is the most electable," former Lietenant Gov. Carol Molnau said at a news conference at the State Capitol.

She wouldn't elaborate on why she thinks Johnson's more "electable" than Pawlenty, or whether there's bad blood between her and her former boss. Molnau also served as Pawlenty's transportation commissioner.

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