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Opinion: Dig into details before scoffing at Mayo Clinic's $6B plan

The Post-Bulletin, February 6, 2013

We appreciate honesty and directness in our lawmakers, but there's something quite unsettling in comments made last week by House Taxes Committee Chairwoman Ann Lenczewski, who is a DFLer from Bloomington. Just one day after Mayo Clinic announced it wants to pay for the lion's share of a $6 billion plan to turn Rochester into one of the world's foremost medical destinations, Lenczewski wasn't just skeptical—she was dismissive, calling the project "a massive public subsidy" that "seems pretty unlikely to ever happen."