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Lawmaker: Alternative funding plans proposed for Destination Medical Center

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Posted: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 5:14 pm

ST. PAUL —Mayo Clinic officials are working with legislators behind the scenes to come up with a Plan B for funding the clinic’s Destination Medical Center project amid criticism from some lawmakers and the governor about the project’s financing plan, the bill's House author said Wednesday.

The clinic’s request for more than $500 million in state support has run into opposition among some at the Capitol. Last week, DFL Gov. Mark Dayton called the current financing plan “almost unfeasible.” Other lawmakers, most notably House Taxes Committee Chairwoman Ann Lenczewski, DFL-Bloomington, are worried about setting a precedent by allowing a portion of the sales and income taxes generated by the clinic to be used to fund public infrastructure — something that has never been done before. Others worry the steep price tag could affect the state’s ability to borrow money in the future for other worthy construction projects in the state.

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