Rep. Gregory Davids, R-Preston objected to a committee proposal that would remove $5 million from the small towns around Rochester. The House Tax Committee discussed expansion plans of the Mayo Clinic as a destination medical center.
Rep. Kim Norton, D-Rochester, listened as Rep. Davids threatened to withdraw his support from her bill. Mayo experts Mayo Dr. Brad Narr and Robert Dunn, president of Hammes Company, the lead consultant for Mayo's destination medical center plan waited to testify.
Rep. Ron Erhardt, D- Edina, offered Edina as a possible relocation destination for the Mayo Clinic because of its three golf courses and large number of doctors.
Rep. John Lesch objected to Mayo CEO John Noseworthy's 49-states remark, calling it "dumb, dumb, dumb."
Minnesota senators sharply questioned federal appeals court judge Neil Gorsuch during Wednesday's Supreme Court confirmation hearings, grilling him on whether he'd be protect the interests of ordinary people over corporations.
Other business groups like realtors, electric utility Xcel Energy Services, private colleges, tobacco giant Altria, Polymet Mining, health insurers and hospitals contributed to the overall total of $57.7 million to lobby the Legislature, the administration of Gov. Mark Dayton and Metro municipal governments.