Gov. Mark Dayton said on Tuesday that he will assign his chief of staff to press state legislators to pass subsidies worth more than half a billion dollars for a Mayo Clinic-driven development project in Rochester.
The southeastern Minnesota city and medical clinic wants more than $500 million in public support to build a $3 billion destination medical center.
Speaking to reporters this afternoon, Dayton said chief of staff Tina Smith will be tasked with selling the proposal in the Legislature.
The proposal has bipartisan support. But its price tag has also drawn opposition. A little more than a week ago, Dayton called the prospects for securing the bonding money being sought in the proposal as “almost unfeasible.”