OPINION: Medical Center proposal moving forward
Tuesday, April 09, 2013 5:36 AM
After languishing in the Minnesota House Taxes Committee for three weeks, progress is being made on the Mayo Clinic's Destination Medical Center (DMC) proposal.
State Representative Greg Davids (R-Preston) said the bill was essentially split recently, with the bonding portion of the bill heard in the House Capital Investment Committee.
Davids noted that there was plenty of bipartisan support for the plan during the informational hearing.
"Prior to this capital investment hearing, I felt there was a complete lack of urgency by House Democrats on this issue," Davids said.
"During the meeting, we learned that the bonds necessary for DMC only need to be approved by a simple majority of the Minnesota House. This is important because DMC funding will not follow normal bonding bill guidelines and will not need 80 out of 134 representatives to allow progress to continue."
The DMC proposal would create 45,000 jobs in southeastern Minnesota and comes with minimal risk to the state. Now that the capital investment committee has learned more about the plan, Davids is hopeful the Taxes committee will consider the original proposal and move it forward.
"For the State of Minnesota, this is the economic development bill of the century," Davids said. "I'm pleased Governor Dayton appointed his chief of staff to help move this bill forward, but now it's time for House Democrats to step up to the plate and get this done.
"Labor, businesses, municipalities and counties have all endorsed the proposal. We must proceed and make sure any Mayo Clinic expansion takes place in Minnesota. If not us, who? If not now, when?"