Government Relations

June 17, 2014

Mayo, Scottsdale hospitals concerned about impact of Medicaid expansion

By Logan Lafferty loganlafferty

When Gov. Jan Brewer announced her plan to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, one of the few hospitals in Arizona to object was the Mayo Clinic. Under the plan, Arizona would pay for its share of the expansion by taxing hospitals and using the revenue to qualify for massive amounts of federal matching […]

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Tags: Affordable care act, Capitol Times, federal matching funds, federal reimbursements, Gov. Jan Brewer, medicaid, tax


May 1, 2013

With Mayo millions aboard, Senate passes tax bill

By Logan Lafferty loganlafferty

The Minnesota Senate passed a tax bill late Monday that raises $1.8 billion in new revenue, expands the state’s sales tax and gives $455 million to the Mayo Clinic. But the passage didn’t come as easy as DFL leaders had expected. Minnesota Public Radio reports that the bill was initially defeated, 32-34, after which the […]

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Tags: Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, Minnesota Legislature, Minnesota Public Radio, Minnesota Senate, state sales tax, tax bill


April 30, 2013

On second try, Mayo Clinic’s DMC plan passes Senate

By Logan Lafferty loganlafferty

It took a do-over vote, but Mayo Clinic’s quest for state dollars to help support its ambitious expansion efforts cleared a critical hurdle on Monday night. Its passage, however, was anything but easy. On the first try, the Senate tax bill, which includes roughly half a billion dollars for Mayo’s Destination Medical Center initiative, failed […]

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Tags: destination medical center, DMC, do-over vote, Minnesota Legislature, Post Bulletin, state funding


April 29, 2013

Minnesota Legislature makes welcome progress on Mayo

By Logan Lafferty loganlafferty

The Legislature seems to have found a way to say yes to Mayo Clinic’s call for help in building what it calls a Destination Medical Center in Rochester. Similarly structured provisions to help Rochester pay for the public infrastructure demands of a major Mayo expansion have landed in the House and Senate tax bills. The […]

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Tags: destination medical center, DMC, Gov. Mark Dayton, Minnesota Legislature, public infrastructure, Star Tribune, state tax, tax conference committee


April 25, 2013

House wraps $338 million for Mayo Clinic into tax proposal

By Logan Lafferty loganlafferty

The Minnesota House is giving Mayo Clinic most of what it wants.  Mayo had asked for about $585 million from the state to help it reinvent Rochester, and on Wednesday the House wrapped $338 million for Mayo’s Destination Medical Center project into the $2.6 billion tax proposal it approved on a 69-64 vote. The money […]

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Tags: destination medical center, DMC, Minnesota Legislature, Rochester campus, Star Tribune, state funding


April 25, 2013

Mayo Clinic Doctor Testifies at Senate Committee Hearing on Aging

By Logan Lafferty loganlafferty

Mayo Clinic doctor is in Washington telling lawmakers what needs to be done about Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Robert Petersen testified Wednesday at a Senate committee hearing on aging. He updated them on the National Alzheimer’s Project Act, which aims to effectively treat the disease by 2025. “It’s mandatory to make these investments,” he said. “We […]

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Tags: alzheimer's disease, Dr. Robert Petersen, early intervention, KSTP, National Alzheimer's Project Act


April 24, 2013

Will Rochester pay more for Mayo expansion?

By Logan Lafferty loganlafferty

Minnesota state lawmakers have asked the city of Rochester to more than double its contribution for the Mayo Clinic’s proposed expansion project. The city’s share would increase to $128 million, and most likely would be raised through new local taxes. But it’s unclear how much Rochester residents are willing to pay to help Mayo expand.  […]

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Tags: capital improvements, destination medical center, DMC, expansion project, investment, investment plan, local taxes, Minnesota Legislature, MPR


April 23, 2013

Mayo boosts lobbying as funding bill advances

By Logan Lafferty loganlafferty

Rochester and private investors will have to dig deeper into their own pockets before the state puts one penny toward Mayo Clinic’s multibillion- dollar hometown makeover, lawmakers said Monday. The Senate Taxes Committee presented a pared-down version of the multimillion-dollar Mayo request Monday, similar to one the House Taxes Committee approved last week amid intensified […]

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Tags: destination medical center, DMC, Lisa Clarke, private investor, Senate Taxes Committee, Star Tribune, state funding


April 22, 2013

Rochester officials want local DMC match scaled back

By Logan Lafferty loganlafferty

Rochester officials are urging lawmakers to scale back the $128 million local match for Mayo Clinic’s Destination Medical Center initiative. A House plan unveiled earlier this week more than doubled the amount of money the city of Rochester and Olmsted County will need to chip in toward Mayo’s expansion plan. Rochester City Council interim President […]

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Tags: destination medical center, DMC, funding, government proposal, karl oestreich, Minnesota Legislature, Post Bulletin, Randy Staver, Rochester City Council


April 19, 2013

Rochester sizes up its bigger bill for Mayo

By Logan Lafferty loganlafferty

If the Mayo Clinic’s big-ticket funding package passes the Legislature, its neighbors will pay more for it than they originally bargained for. Minnesota Public Radio reports that state lawmakers, who have balked at the size of Mayo’s request from taxpayers — $500 million, or possibly twice that when interest is included — have responded by saying Rochester needs […]

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Tags: funding, Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal, Minnesota Legislature, Minnesota Public Radio, state tax


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