ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A bill paving the way for a significant expansion of Rochester’s Mayo Clinic has picked up more accountability features as it steams ahead.
The House Government Operations Committee on Tuesday advanced the measure after adding provisions intended to better track a proposed public contribution.READ MORE: 'It Was Pretty Chaotic': At Least 3 Dead In Montana Amtrak Train Derailment
Mayo is seeking state and local financing for almost $600 million of a multi-billion expansion. The public dollars would pay for infrastructure upgrades associated with the private build-out.READ MORE: Minnesota Weather: #Top10WxWeekend Continues With Summery Sunday
One change requires that consulting arrangements and other contracts using the public money are subject to state audits. Another would give the state revenue commissioner a bigger role in determining whether the development is meeting promised benchmarks.
The bill heads next to the House Taxes Committee, where it is likely to face its biggest test yet.MORE NEWS: MN Rep. Ilhan Omar Visits Afghan Evacuees At Fort McCoy Calling It 'Uplifting' And 'Emotional'
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