Posted at: 05/22/2013 9:02 PM
Updated at: 05/22/2013 10:18 PM
By: Steph Crock
(ABC 6 News) -- As we've reported, DMC will be moving forward. It passed as part of the overall tax bill. Governor Mark Dayton was in Rochester Wednesday to celebrate alongside lawmakers and Mayo Officials.
"First and foremost, I want to say thank you to you Dr. Noseworthy, to the board at Mayo, and everyone involved in giving Minnesota this incredible opportunity," said Gov. Dayton.
"We'll make history as we embark on this largest economic development that the state has ever witnessed," said Mayo's CEO and President John Noseworthy, M.D.
To sort of publicly seal the deal, Senator David Senjem handed over the final, amended version of DMC to Dr. Noseworthy, followed by a few jokes about the moments leading up to this.
"...but there are 49 other states that would love to have this opportunity," laughed Gov. Dayton. He was poking fun of Dr. Noseworthy for putting on the pressure this session, insinuating Mayo's growth be taken elsewhere if it didn't pass. "I thought that is really unfair, but it’s the truth. We are incredibly fortunate to have Mayo here," said Gov. Dayton.
Governor Dayton commends their quality care, as once a patient himself. "Well Mayo took care of all the pain in my lower back, but now the legislative session has moved the pain about 6 inches down," laughed Gov. Dayton.
In all seriousness though, they thanked the local lawmakers who made it happen.
"Many said the DMC financing plan could not be done in one legislative session, but thanks to the collective shared leadership of our elected officials, DMC is now a reality," said Dr. Noseworthy, but before they begin the 20 year project..."give us a day or two to celebrate," smiled Dr. Noseworthy.
Now the fun part begins. The next step is picking the governing body for the project. They now have 60 days to pick the 8 member authority.