Items Tagged ‘Minnesota Legislature’

May 1, 2013

With Mayo millions aboard, Senate passes tax bill

By Logan Lafferty Logan Lafferty

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 Logan Lafferty

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 Logan Lafferty

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 Logan Lafferty

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 24, 2013

Will Rochester pay more for Mayo expansion?

By Logan Lafferty Logan Lafferty

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 22, 2013

Rochester officials want local DMC match scaled back

By Logan Lafferty Logan Lafferty

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 Logan Lafferty

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


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 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


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