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Raises all around coming for Mayo Clinic employees

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Just in time for the holidays, the Rochester Post Bulletin is reporting that the Mayo Clinic will offer across-the-board salary increases in the new year.

"The overall percentage for individuals will vary, but most employees will see an increase of at least 2.5 percent," said spokesman Bryan Anderson.

The salary increase is comparable to what employees got in 2013 and arrives as the famed clinic heads into the implementation phase of both the Affordable Care Act and the expansive Destination Medical Center for Rochester. The pay hike is seen as a way to both recruit and retain stop staff.

The Business Journal notes that Mayo's 41,000 workers makes it the state's largest private employer and their story suggests that employment is likely to expand as the ambitious $6 billion growth plan revs up.

Meanwhile, KSTP reports that State Rep. Peggy Scott (R-Andover) is raising questions about the appointment of Tina Smith, chief of staff to Gov. Mark Dayton, to the position of chairperson of Rochester's Destination Medical Center Corporation. The eight-member non-profit corporation is overseeing the public-private development in Rochester following an infusion of state funding in the last legislative session.

Scott said says the project will likely seek additional legislation. "It is almost impossible to conjure a scenario where Ms. Smith's roles do not create an ethical conflict for the governor's officer or the DMCC," Scott said in a letter to the Governor.

The station reported that a spokesman in the governor's office said that Dayton's General Counsel had reviewed Smith's appointment before it was made and found "no legal impediment to such an appointment."

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