Quotes from KTTC's DMC town hall
KTTC's public meeting at Hill Theatre produced a lot of good quotes and trailheads for more questions about Destination Medical Center. Here are some of them:
The most striking one for me was Rep. Kim Norton'scharacterization of the "Plan B" funding mechanism for the $585 million in infrastructure. Mayo's plan was for the state to pick up just about all of that. The current Plan B in the House is for the state to cover about $338 million, with the city, county and whoever else covering the rest.
Norton said, "Plan B isn't significantly different in the structure" from Mayo's plan -- it calls for "a little more from the city and county, a little less from the state."
Well, yes, a little more...
Kevin Lund, who said he was speaking as a private citizen, not as an Olmsted County district judge -- a point I'll come back to: "I think it's a huge mistake to have a (DMC controlling) authority and not have" people from the community represented -- the current Senate bill calls for an authority composed of seven members not from Rochester.
Sen. Dave Senjem, on that point: The non-Rochester membership "was an attempt to create some balance" with the city and clinic interests. He referred to the "three-legged stool," with Rochester, Mayo and state interests all represented. "We can't lose sight of the state of Minnesota's involvement over the next 20 years."