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April 18, 2013

Revamped Mayo deal appears set

By Logan Lafferty Logan Lafferty

It was hardly a secret that the Mayo Clinic’s plan to create a “destination medical center” in Rochester was never going to make it through the House Taxes Committee as originally conceived. ..“Everyone wanted to vote for it when it was free, because that’s how it was being pitched to people,” Lenczewski said. “If you believe […]

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Tags: destination medical center, DMC, Finance & Commerce, government proposal, House Taxes Committee, Minnesota Legislature, Rep. Ann Lenczewski, state cost, state tax


April 17, 2013

SE Minn. now on hook for more costs in Mayo plan

By Logan Lafferty Logan Lafferty

If the Mayo Clinic is to expand in Rochester, city and county residents must contribute a larger share of the $500 million needed for public transit and other improvements, state lawmakers said this week…Olmsted County Board Chairman Jim Bier supports the measure, but expects some pushback from county residents. “People don’t like taxes,” he said. […]

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Tags: Jim Bier, MPR, public transit, state tax


April 16, 2013

Hospitals, Insurance Companies, Pharmas: Who Benefits From the Affordable Care Act?

By Logan Lafferty Logan Lafferty

The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision upholding the major provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) shocked many in and out of the healthcare industry…“Our assessment is that the Supreme Court decision on health reform will accelerate existing trends in healthcare and the marketplace,” says Dr. Patricia Simmons, executive medical director for Health Policy at the Mayo Clinic. Those trends […]

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Tags: accountability, Affordable care act, community outreach, Diversity Inc, Dr. Patricia Simmons, health reform, healthcare industry, U.S. Supreme Court


April 16, 2013

House Dems eye alcohol tax bump

By Logan Lafferty Logan Lafferty

A tax increase on alcohol has been added to the list of ways Minnesota House Democrats are proposing to help balance the state’s budget and spend more money for schools…The plan also provides property tax relief for 520,000 homeowners, increases the tax break for renters and gives manufacturers a sales tax break for capital equipment […]

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Tags: alcohol, Minnesota Legislature, MPR, proposal, state budget, tax increase


April 16, 2013

New Mayo plan calls for less from state

By Logan Lafferty Logan Lafferty

A new House plan unveiled Monday, April 15, trims the amount of state support being offered for a large economic development project involving the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Under the latest proposal, state taxpayers would provide about $338 million in support for the project, which sets a goal of solidifying Rochester’s status as a global […]

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Tags: destination medical center, DMC, financial plan, Minnesota Legislature, Pioneer Press, Rep. Kim Norton, state funding


April 16, 2013

New Mayo plan calls for less from state

By Logan Lafferty Logan Lafferty

A new House plan unveiled Monday, April 15, trims the amount of state support being offered for a large economic development project involving the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Under the latest proposal, state taxpayers would provide about $338 million in support for the project, which sets a goal of solidifying Rochester’s status as a global […]

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Tags: destination medical center, DMC, economic development, Minnesota Legislature, Pioneer Press, Rep. Kim Norton, state funding, state support, state tax


April 15, 2013

New Mayo plan emerging at Capitol

By Logan Lafferty Logan Lafferty

Mayo Clinic is dropping a complicated tax plan that relies on more than $500 million in state funds to make improvements in Rochester in favor of a plan that would rely on a direct contribution from the state. The emergence of the new plan is a signal that House and Senate leaders are moving in […]

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Tags: destination medical center, karl oestreich, Minnesota Legislature, MPR, state funding, state subsidy, tax plan


April 15, 2013

For Minnesota, greatness lies in two visionary health care proposals

By Logan Lafferty Logan Lafferty

It’s time to think big about Minnesota’s health care destiny. We stand at a crossroads…Second, the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, the state’s largest private employer, is asking for a state contribution of $500 million in order to create a $5 billion “Destination Medical Center.” Mayo is known worldwide as being synonymous with quality and innovation. […]

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Tags: destination medical center, DMC, Health Care, health care proposal, investment, Minnesota Legislature, Star Tribune, state funding


April 12, 2013

Mayo CEO’s Comments Draw Minn. Lawmaker Criticism; Other Marketplace News

By Logan Lafferty Logan Lafferty

Comments from the Mayo Clinic’s CEO that the organization’s proposed expansion in Minnesota could happen elsewhere are drawing criticism from Minnesota lawmakers. MPR News: Lawmakers Irked By Mayo Clinic CEO’s Comments Members of the state House Tax Committee had some sharp words Wednesday for Mayo Clinic. The criticism came in a committee hearing a day […]

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Tags: Dr. John Noseworthy, government proposal, Kaiser Health News, state subsidy


April 12, 2013

New Mayo plan drops tax capture piece

By Logan Lafferty Logan Lafferty

A complicated tax capture plan sought by the Mayo Clinic to assist in a 20-year growth plan is being dropped in favor of state aid payments directly tied to the amount of private spending on the development. The revisions to the Mayo proposal were coming Friday in the Senate Taxes Committee. The Associated Press obtained […]

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Tags: destination medical center, DMC, MPR, private spending, Senate Taxes Committee, state aid, state funding, tax capture


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