Gov. Jesse Ventura squared off in a radio debate Tuesday with the legislator who wants to make him report the amount of his outside earnings.
Ventura reiterated his objections to Rep. Matt Entenza's bill, but the governor said he would support greater disclosure if the measure applied to all elected state officials.
Entenza, DFL-St. Paul, offered to disclose his outside income if Ventura did.
"Let's include everybody. Let's just not single out one or two or four people," Ventura said on Minnesota Public Radio.
As written, Entenza's bill applies only to members of the State Board of Investment -- the governor, auditor, secretary of state, attorney general and treasurer -- because they handle $53 billion of state pension money.
The law already requires investment board members to report expenses paid by outside companies in which the state invests but not direct fees or salaries. Entenza's bill, which the House could vote on Wednesday, would apply only to future income.
"A much better system is rather than having the media chase him around, which I'm sure he doesn't like, is filling out a disclosure form," Entenza said.
Ventura has written two books, has made appearances on TV shows and in movies and has done color commentary for the XFL the one year the football league was around.
On MPR, Ventura shed more light on World Wrestling Federation stock options he received as partial compensation for one venture, saying he has 10 years to exercise them. He did not disclose the option price or the number of options he has. WWF stock has traded between $10 and $16 in the last year.
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