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‘We need to get going’
“There were many of us in this committee that were thrilled with this bill as-is,” Davids said, noting that Gov. Mark Dayton thought highly enough of the Mayo plan to send his chief of staff, Tina Smith, to Rochester later this week to discuss the project.
“I’d like to see this as a stand-alone bill,” Davids said. “This is an extremely important bill that I think has the merit to go forward on its own. ... I am very concerned that we have less than two months left. This is a big deal that we need to get going.”
Mayo has already signaled that without a funding guarantee from the Legislature this year, it may choose instead to expand its campuses in Arizona and Florida.
“With big proposals, it is not unusual that policymakers seek to explore and examine other options,” Mayo spokesman Karl Oestreich said by e-mail. “At this stage, several lawmakers have indicated they like our [Destination Medical Center] proposal and other lawmakers are examining different options. This is to be expected.”
Oestreich said Mayo officials are “very encouraged” that their bill has passed policy committees in the House and Senate largely intact.
“Most importantly,” he wrote, “policymakers appear focused on how to do [Destination Medical Center] — not whether to do [Destination Medical Center.]”
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