Mayo flexing its muscle

The CEO of the Mayo Clinic is borrowing some strategy from Zygi Wilf and the Minnesota Vikings when it comes to wheedling money from the state. Dr. John Noseworthy, president and CEO of the Mayo Clinic, said at a National Press Club appearance Tuesday that “there are 49 states who would like us to invest in them.”

Mayo wants the state to kick in a half billion in infrastructure funding for its $5.5 billion expansion and development plan for Rochester. State legislators are looking carefully at the plan, as one would expect for such a large request. Not used to having its plans questioned, the Mayo is threatening to not exactly leave the state, but to spend its billions somewhere else.

We think everyone needs to calm down. The Mayo Clinic is presenting a huge opportunity to the state and especially to the city of Rochester. The state needs to act a little less like Mr. Bumble in the musical “Oliver” – “MORE? You want MORE?”

But the Mayo Clinic needs to act a little less like an aggrieved professional sports team threatening to pull up stakes and go to greener pastures if they don’t get what they want.

Calm heads will prevail. The process is hard to watch, perhaps, but we suspect the work will get done.