Funding for ‘Snowbate’ Program Again on the Chopping Block
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The fate of state funding for a program that gives incentives to production companies for filming their movies and TV shows in Minnesota is once again in limbo.
Lawmakers in the House jobs committee are finalizing a proposed economic development bill that would cut funding for the Snowbate program and the Minnesota Film and TV Board.
The program allows production companies to receive rebates of up to 25 percent for what they spend in Minnesota. People in the film and television industry say the program promotes job creation and pumps money into the Minnesota economy.
House jobs committee chairman Pat Garofalo says he thinks the state should fund initiatives that provide a greater return on investment for Minnesota.