Can Rochester become like Boulder, Colorado? That's the question raised by a lengthy piece in The New Republic about the Mayo Clinic's planned $5.6 billion "destination medical center."
Dayton on Tuesday appointed his chief of staff, Tina Smith, to serve on the board, along with retiring Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, retired Wells Fargo executive James Campbell and Susan Rani, president of Rani Engineering. The Mayo Clinic has also appointed Bill George, a member of the clinic's board of trustees and a former CEO of Medtronic, to the board.
by Chris Newmarker
Published: July 2, 2013
Tags: Abraham Algadi, biobusiness, CJ Auto Sales, Destination Medical Center, Elk Run, IBM, Jayne Krause, jobs, Mayo Clinic, Minnesota Department of Transportation, MnDOT, Pine Island City Council, Rod Steele, Scott Hoss, Terry Ward, Tower Investments, Transportation Economic Development Program, Worthington Regional Economic Development Corp.
Prospects for the proposed Elk Run biobusiness park in Pine Island have reached the point where it is no longer a question of when the development will happen — but whether it will ever happen.
by Briana Bierschbach
Published: June 18, 2013
Tags: AFSCME Council 5, Chris Rager, Coaltion of Minnesota Businesses, Education Minnesota, Mayo Clinic, Minnesota Business Partnership, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, Minnesota for Marriage, minnesotans united for all families, NRA, SEIU Healthcare Minnesota
The successful effort to legalize gay marriage in Minnesota this session also turned out to be one of the most expensive lobbying efforts in 2013, with advocates and opponents spending nearly $2 million to try an influence legislators votes on the issue.
The omnibus tax bill passed by the House and Senate in the final 24 hours of the legislative session contains $2.1 billion in additional revenues. That much is easy to decipher. But within that broad outline there are inter-connecting rate hikes, credits, exemptions and expenditures that will take days or weeks to fully unpack.
The Mayo Clinic's "destination medical center" took another step towards gaining up to $400 million in state financial support on Friday evening. The tax conference committee adopted language laying out the financial terms and governing structure for the estimated $5.5 billion project.
On the afternoon that the House cast its historic vote in favor of gay marriage — completely monopolizing attention at the Capitol — the Senate quietly debated a bill overhauling the state’s campaign finance rules. Most notably, the bill would significantly increase caps on spending and contributions for political campaigns.
In an embarrassing misstep, the Senate’s omnibus tax bill was initially defeated on a 34-32 vote Monday. But after a brief caucus meeting, DFLers returned to the floor and passed the bill on a 35-31 vote.
by Briana Bierschbach
Published: May 1, 2013
Tags: Brenda Cassellius, budget bill, Dan Patch freight rail line, Deb Hilstrom, Destination Medical Center Authority, Education Finance, government shutdown, Mark Dayton, Mary Liz Holberg, Mayo Clinic, Metropolitan Council, Minnesota Legislature, Paul Marquart, Ron Erhardt, Ron Latz, special education, Transportation
Traveling in the House and Senate budget bills are dozens of little-discussed provisions that could become sticking points in final negotiations.
Maplewood officials expect 3M Co. to pull a permit as soon as this week to construct a $150 million research building on its headquarters campus. But they say actions in the Legislature have sent them back to the drawing board when it comes to providing economic development incentives for the project.