Mayo Clinic's expansion warrants state help

  • Article by: Star Tribune Editorial Board
  • Updated: March 16, 2013 - 5:59 PM

Unique asset justifies exceptional support.

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WinonaGuyMar. 17, 13 8:17 AM

Mayo Clinic is a world renowned Minnesota Landmak. My family members have rerceived many treatment throughout the years at Mayo. All of my relatives are Minnesoita residents, and without Mayo some may not be here today. Mayo's proposal is $10 Mayo/Private Sector for each $1 public dollar. The public money would support infrastructure that will be used by all. Mayo is not seeking a one time big payout from the state such as our professional sports franchises. The expansion would provide thousands of jobs resulting in increasesd tax revenues that would probably far exceed any public subsidy. If Minnesota can't afford to lose the Twins or Vikings we sure as hell can't allow Mayo Clinic to expand its future elsewhere. The legislature must find the

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guth54Mar. 17, 13 8:43 AM

Take back the pledge of $450,000,000 to Zygi Wilf and give all of it to the Mayo Clinic for expansion.

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WinonaGuyMar. 17, 13 9:06 AM

To continue from above, I touched the wrong button - The legislature needs to find a way to help MAYO achieve its goal. May serves all Minnesotans, not just the rich. Mayo saves lives 365 days a yearand expanding its research faciliies here will benefit all Minnesotans. Keep Mayo Strong in Minnesota

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pitythefoolsMar. 17, 13 9:22 AM

Mayo threatens to expand elsewhere unless we give in to their extortion? Well, it worked for the Vikings so now every other business in MN deserves public money or they'll leave too. The stench of Mayo's arrogance is overwhelming. They claim that they'll generate more tax revenue, and all they want is a piece of the revenue that the State wouldn't otherwise get. Sounds like a perfect solution. The State should provide 100% financing of all businesses, so it can get the money back from the taxes the businesses will generate. Of course, the State should get some guarantee for that investment, call it 100% ownership in the businesses. Works for me.

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jdlellis1Mar. 17, 1310:18 AM

If you want to know why our (U. S.) society has problems, consider this. The masses will show up in grooves, some dressed with horn hats to support a football stadium for wealthy owners and wealthy athletes. However when it comes to the same fervor over a world renowned medical institution...nothing.

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gutshotMar. 17, 1312:27 PM

This seems an easy decision--where else will the hapless Vikes go for treatment for their concussions?

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forpeopleMar. 17, 13 4:36 PM

I certainly support the development of health sciences in Minnesota but I would prefer to see this occur with cooperation between the University of Minnesota and the State of Minnesota. This is why: Mayo has some harsh, cruel debt collection practices. Consider how you would feel if you were unemployed and uninsured and needed help from Mayo. Then when you get a new job for a meager $10 per hour, consider how you would feel if Mayo's debt collector sued you and garnished the wages you needed to pay rent and buy food. This is Mayo and I have seen plenty of such Mayo lawsuits. Mayo is certainly not the angelic 'non-profit' it pretends to be. Personally, I would be happy to see Mayo move someplace else.

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elmore1Mar. 17, 13 5:30 PM

forpeople, you may have a valid point but I wouldn't do it with the U. They shouldn't be trusted to spend state funds until they demonstrate that they can take action to reinvent themselves and provide quality education to our kids at a fair cost. They are years away from earning that responsibility.

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spillguyMar. 17, 13 8:42 PM

Give the mayo what it needs/wants. It is far more important to the state then the Vikings or Twins. The state shouldn't give $1 to the Mall of America by the way.

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RossbergMar. 17, 13 9:34 PM

If we took the money we wasted on the Twins ballpark, the proposed Target Center remodeling, and the planned Vikings stadium and used it for this we'd still have enough left over to pay off our current state deficit. This is all about choices and so far we've chosen idiotically by dumping our money into professional sports. Other states, i.e. Georgia, have no trouble getting their team owners to pay for their stadiums. Why do we have to give teams our tax money which is needed for other projects more important to the state?

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