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Lawmakers examine funding for DMC proposal

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) -- Now that the Destination Medical Center bill has been portioned off into legislative committees, some state lawmakers are asking questions about funding.

The House Taxes Committee discussed Tuesday how the bill will be financed. Committee Chairwoman Ann Lenczewski, DFL-Bloomington, said she wants to reduce the bill's more than $500 million state subsidy while making Rochester and Olmsted County contribute more.

"I do intend to have some provisions if I can get the votes in this room for the Mayo proposal in the tax bill," Lenczewski said.

Rochester GOP Sen. Dave Senjem, who is sponsoring the bill in the Senate, is also examining funding sources.

"It's certainly going to be examined more and more as we go into the higher-level level-committees which really scrutinize in detail the elements like bonding, like taxes," Senjem said. "How are we going to do it?"

But interim Rochester City Council President Randy Staver says nothing should have to change when the city is expected to contribute up to $60 million over the next 20 years.

"Rochester was already providing funding in the form of $20 million dollars dedicated to DMC and another $8 million for other downtown improvements," Staver said.

Mayo Clinic officials have said the expansion is needed to compete with top research hospitals around the world.

Lenczewski said the House Taxes Committee will continue to debate the DMC bill next week.


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