Is Minnesota being fair to Rochester?

Gary Neumann put together a list of how much different cities have received is state assistance approved for Arenas, Convention Centers, and Cultural Facilities from 1985 to 2012.  I hope Governor Dayton and DEED takes a hard look at this.  To add insult to injury the state milks our community for $90 million more that we get back.  In 2011 our senators actually vote to increase this with LGA cuts and the Market Value Tax Credit elimination.  The really frustrating part is that the Mayo Civic Center project was approved, but then vetoed by Tim Pawlenty.  Later we had the governor’s support, 2 members of the Senate Bonding Committee (Dave Senjem and Carla Nelson), including the chair and Senate Majority Leader (Senjem) and still had a catastrophic failure to deliver what was one of the best ROI (Return On Investment) projects in the state.

Minneapolis    $519,365,000
St. Paul              $145,200,000
Duluth               $67,200,000
Bemidji             $23,000,000
St. Cloud          $14,600,000
Rochester        $12,600,000.00

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