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In MN House tax bill, Mayo's DMC moves on

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Mayo Clinic is well on its way to its goal of winning state financial support for DMC.

Wednesday, the Tax bill-- with funding for Mayo's DMC included-- cleared the Minnesota House floor.

No Republicans from the Rochester area voted for the bill, but two Rochester Democrats did.

This bill would commit about $400-million state taxpayer dollars to the DMC project.

The state contribution would pay for public infrastructure essential for development and not for construction on Mayo's property.

The Senate's version contains more state dollars for the plan but would also require private investors to contribute more before public money is used.

It all happened as unique lobbying effort by Destination Medical Center officials got underway yesterday.

It was called 'DMC Tweet Day,' and it was meant to send a message to legislators about the implications of the DMC proposal and whether or not they should support it.

Using the hashtag #MNLEG-- for Minnesota Legislature-- Twitter users could utilize information provided by the DMC Twitter account.

Legislators at the Capitol kept their eyes on Twitter all day yesterday during debate on the tax bill, but a lobbying effort like this may not have the desired effect it wished for.

DMC Tweet Day was intended to draw legislators' attention to the DMC portions of the tax bill that they were debating on the floor Wednesdady afternoon and into the evening.

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