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Rochester lawmakers react to Mayo Clinic's expansion proposal

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The Mayo Clinic is proposing more than $5 billion in investments in and around Rochester as part of an ambitious expansion plan to create what the clinic calls a "Destination Medical Center."

  Included in that plan is a request for more than  $500 million in state taxpayer money to help fund infrastructure as the Mayo grows.

Mayo claims the plan would create between 35,000 and 45,000 new jobs. Mayo is already Minnesota's largest private employer with 32,000 employees in the state.

  The Daily Circuit will feature a discussion about the proposed Mayo expansion on Thursday, Jan. 31 with Republican state Sen. Dave Senjem of Rochester, a long-time Mayo employee, and DFL state Rep. Kim Norton of Rochester.

  LEARN MORE ABOUT MAYO'S EXPANSION PLAN:

Q and A with Mayo CEO (MPR News)

Today's Question: Is an investment in the Mayo Clinic project a good use of state money? (MPR News)