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Dayton stands firm by Mayo Destination Medical Center initiative

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Despite doubts even coming from his own party about the initiative, Gov. Mark Dayton said Monday that he intends to help the Mayo Clinic with its Destination Medical Center expansion plans in Rochester, Minnesota Public Radio reports.

Speaking in Oakdale, Dayton said he'll "have to negotiate" to get the deal done -- a deal that includes $585 million in state assistance to cover infrastructure costs associated with the project.

Mayo executives and Dayton plans for the initiative last month -- a 20-year project aimed at ensuring that the Rochester-based hospital remains one of the world’s top health care destinations.

But Democratic House Taxes Committee chairwoman Ann Lenczewski of Bloomington said the Mayo's request is "unlikely to ever happen" since similar proposals haven't gained the state's support in the past.

MPR said that other lawmakers have expressed concerns that the unprecedented proposal could lead other communities calling for a portion of their tax base to go toward infrastructure improvements.

The Mayo said it will invest $3.5 billion to expand its Rochester campus and looks to secure $2 billion in private investments for the project.

Dayton said he wants to see the Mayo's plans realized here -- and not "in Arizona or Florida."

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