Rochester ponders $6 billion Mayo expansion

  • Article by: Jennifer Brooks , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 24, 2013 - 2:09 PM

The world-renowned clinic has a grand plan – requiring $585 million from the state, to make its city a destination.

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seiuthuggerzFeb. 24, 1312:01 AM

The world knows that the Mayo is a MN treasure so let the world pay for it instead of Minnesota Tax payers.

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comment229Feb. 24, 13 5:49 AM

They should definitely be allowed to have a city sales tax to pay for all the infrastructure. Oh, wait, they already do. I guess I forgot that the sales tax was supposed to sunset years and years ago. Where does all that money go?

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gemie1Feb. 24, 13 6:06 AM

It will take more than just money to attract people back to the Mayo Clinic. They need to also address systemic issues that will hinder any long-term plan. For the sake of over 30 thousand jobs, Mayo needs to be renowned for its work today and not for its reputation of 25 years ago. Mayo Clinic needs to have some appeal for younger people and not just for renowned men Mayo Clinic likes to name drop and the rest of their patients mostly on Medicare. Many of the middle eastern patients cannot get a visa into the U.S. and many foreigners and people of other regions of the country, have great medical facilities closer to home.

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elmi0001Feb. 24, 13 6:38 AM

The Mayo is a MN treasure and often treasure can be lost. Lets keep it here!

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karendavid816Feb. 24, 13 6:56 AM

I think the readers need more than a one sentence explanation of why they need half a billion dollars. Sewer expansion? Ever heard of sewer revenue bonds? Devil in details, just you wait.

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marketerFeb. 24, 13 7:40 AM

$500 million to the Mayo Clinic or $500 million to a Vikings stadium. Which one do you think will actually be the better deal for Minnesota residents? Didn't have to think to long, did you?

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abbynormalFeb. 24, 13 8:01 AM

Mayo was once a place of really sharp problem solvers. Since that has wained, they need a new Las Vegas type gimmick to keep the growth momentum going. Reminds me of Northwest Airlines years back. Have we finished paying that money off yet?

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tharaldson74Feb. 24, 13 8:03 AM

As a fiscally conservative independent voter (first vote was for Ventura), this investment makes sense in many ways. Mayo is one of our crown jewels. It has created a healthcare system that is cheaper than most, and better than pretty much all. It is the top of the three clinic heap of UMSS, Cleveland Clinic etc... One thing that is different, it is in Rochester, which while big may not be big enough. Let's invest this money...it will pay back in so many ways (way more than a stadium)...and if we get high speed rail, it only makes sense to go through Rochester on the way to Chicago. We need to tie Rochester to the cities better. They saved my dad's life using methods no one else could do. I won't forget that.

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davehougFeb. 24, 13 8:26 AM

The state’s share, which would come from future tax dollars, would go to upgrade roads, sewers and other facilities to make room for the Mayo expansion - - - If Mayo finished their work yesterday, wouldn't the city be facing the NEED for upgrades today??? Sounds like Mayo wants to be sure the need is addressed, not neglected.

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stplooklistnFeb. 24, 13 8:33 AM

Perfect example of what is wrong with health care in US. Disney meets private medical. The Governor is taxing every little last thing in MN and Rochester/Mayo wants 1/2 billion for an extreme makeover. Hey the high rolling times of the 90's is done and over.

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