Lawmaker: city, county should pay more for Mayo's Rochester improvements


The chair of the House tax committee says Rochester and Olmsted County should pay for some of the local improvements the Mayo Clinic says it needs if it is to expand in the area.

Rep. Ann Lenczewski, a Bloomington DFLer, says a local sales tax or taxes on lodging, entertainment, or transit in the area should all be considered before asking the state to cover $500 million worth of improvements to roads and other facilities.

MPR reports Lenczewski said of the local governments "You've got to put a lot more in the game here before you can look to the state."

The Rochester lawmaker sponsoring the legislation told MPR such a tax would come as a surprise to local citizens.

The Mayo Clinic, which is Minnesota's largest private employer, has a plan to spend more than $3 billion over the next 20 years expanding its Rochester campus. But Mayo says the plan is contingent on the $500 million in upgrades it wants from the state.

According to the Associated Press, House Speaker Paul Thissen says asking the host communities to shoulder more of the financial load is "a fair discussion to have."

The Pioneer Press says Lenczewski expressed a commitment to funding the Rochester improvements, but not necessarily to the tune of $500 million. The paper quotes Lenczewski as saying she'll have a new funding proposal ready for another committee hearing next week.

Next Up

State Capitol.

Lawmakers reach agreement on eviction moratorium off-ramp

It would replace the governor's executive order that has been in place during the pandemic.

Pixabay - keys home house

Median sale price of Twin Cities homes hit whopping $350,000 in May

High demand and low supply is the reality for buyers throughout much of the state.

Sheldon Richardson

Report: Vikings working on reunion with Sheldon Richardson

The defensive tackle played with Minnesota in 2018.

June 7 - New Platform - CROP

Ospreys started a nest on a coop's power pole - so they built a new home for them

A small electrical cooperative went out of its way to help the hopeful osprey pair.


In 13 MN counties, the adult vaccination rate is below 50%

Todd County is the lowest, with a 37.8% adult vaccination rate.

scared dog

Keeping your pet safe and calm during fireworks, summer events

Pets are more sensitive to loud noises, and fireworks are known to stress out many dogs.

Pixabay - hospital emergency room sign

Sheriff: 25-year-old woman run over after falling off towed ATV

It happened on a rural forest road in Smokey Hollow Township.

Screen Shot 2021-06-14 at 8.45.06 AM

Loved ones identify woman killed in Uptown as Deona Marie Erickson

She was among the protestors Sunday night when a motorist drove through the crowd.

University of Minnesota

U of M won't require COVID-19 vaccination for fall semester

The university's president called it "a complex and personal issue."

enbridge energy line 3

MN appeals court upholds Line 3 pipeline approval

The decision is a blow to Tribal leaders and environmentalists fighting the project.