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Rep. Davids continues fight for Mayo Clinic’s Destination Medical Center


Thu, Mar 28th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, MN - One of the top priorities of the 2013 legislative session, according to State Representative Greg Davids (R-Preston) is creating jobs for unemployed Minnesotans.

A proposal that would help build a Destination Medical Center for the Mayo Clinic, and create 40,000 jobs, is arguably the biggest jobs bill before the legislature this year. Yet Davids said there are two things standing in the way of this progress: a skeptical Democratic leadership team in the Minnesota House and a timid Governor Dayton.

“Despite the fact the Mayo’s plan has bipartisan support, Democratic leadership is becoming a roadblock to this proposal and Governor Dayton seems content to just stand on the sidelines and watch the action,” Davids said. “Right now we need a governor that will come in and twist some arms and tell members of his party to get in line because Mayo’s proposal is critical. Instead he’s content to tell the press he wants the plan but is doing nothing behind the scenes to get it done.”

Mayo Clinic plans to invest more than $3 billion of Mayo private capital in Minnesota to expand the needed buildings and facilities throughout Rochester. This plan will require about $2.1 billion in additional private investments to support patient/visitor and employee demand for more lodging, housing, retail, hospitality, recreation and other enhancements. No state dollars would be dedicated to the Mayo Clinic.

Davids said the Destination Medical Center plan represents one of the largest economic development initiatives in the country and will deliver significant benefits to Minnesota, including thousands of new jobs and billions in new tax revenues.

The proposal is currently being heard in the Minnesota House Taxes Committee, where Davids is the Republican Lead. He added that the Democratic chairwoman of the committee and several of her DFL colleagues are likely to oppose the plan, meaning it could die in the committee unless there is enough pressure from the public and from Governor Dayton

to approve it.

“This project would be a great economic asset for our region and for all of Minnesota,” Davids said. “The City of Rochester and every surrounding community want this project to move forward, and from my perspective, the state’s investment comes with minimal risks.”

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MnDOT announces 2013 state road construction program

Tue, Mar 26th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ROCHESTER, Minn.—More than 300 construction projects scheduled for 2013 will do much to improve highways, bridges and other state transportation infrastructure to ensure the safety and mobility of the travelling public, the Minnesota Department of ..... 
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LAWMAKERS POISED TO ADDRESS ONGOING DROUGHT

Tue, Mar 26th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

According to a report released last week by the U.S. Drought Monitor, large portions of northwest, west central, southwest, and south central Minnesota face extreme drought conditions. In fact, 67 percent of our state’s land was identified as expe ..... 
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Franken, Members of Senate Judiciary Committee Introduce Legislation To Restore Consumer Choice: Users Can “Unlock” Their Cellphones Under Bipartisan Bill

Mon, Mar 11th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

WASHINGTON, D.C. [3/12/13] –U.S Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) and a bipartisan group of Senators introduced legislation on Monday that would restore the ability of consumers to more easily transfer their cell phones to other wireless carriers. The ..... 
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MNGOP Statement Regarding Governor Dayton's All-Tax Budget

Mon, Mar 11th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

St. Paul – This morning, Governor Dayton announced he will drop the business to business portion of his tax plan. Republican Party of Minnesota Chairman Pat Shortridge and Deputy Chairwoman Kelly Fenton issued the following statement: “This is ..... 
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REP. DAVIDS AUTHORS BILL TO PROTECT FAMILY FARMS

Thu, Mar 7th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL – Keeping a farm in the family is important to many rural Minnesota landowners, and State Representative Greg Davids (R-Preston) is co-authoring legislation that would help achieve this goal. “In some cases in Fillmore and Houston cou ..... 
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The Minnesota Department of Commerce urges consumers to review flood insurance needs

Wed, Mar 6th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

SAINT PAUL, MN — As winter conditions turn to spring melting, the Minnesota Department of Commerce is reminding Minnesota homeowners to determine if they may need flood insurance coverage. Flood damage is not covered under a standard homeowner's po ..... 
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MINNESOTA STATE ARTS BOARD AWARDS ARTS AND CULTURAL HERITAGE FUND GRANTS SUPPORTING ARTS TOURS THROUGHOUT MINNESOTA

Wed, Mar 6th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Saint Paul, MN -The Minnesota State Arts Board today awarded 34 grants to Minnesota artists and organizations through the FY 2013 Arts Tour Minnesota program. These Arts Board grants, totalling $1,584,492, support Minnesota touring artists and arts o ..... 
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Executive Council approves new mining lease on Mesabi Range

Wed, Mar 6th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

An iron ore mining lease near Coleraine, Minn., that could bring between $50 million and $220 million to the state’s Permanent School Trust Fund during the life of the mine was unanimously approved today by Minnesota Executive Council. The leasi ..... 
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