Filmmakers lose Legacy money after review error

  • Article by: KRISTIN TILLOTSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 1, 2012 - 5:48 PM

The state Office of Grants Management, citing technicalities, revoked Legacy Amendment grants that already had been made.

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ranger1873Sep. 1, 12 6:02 PM

Of course, a better idea is to have the arts fund themselves instead of wasting taxpayer money. Problem solved.

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cheiron55402Sep. 1, 12 6:56 PM

ranger1873Sep. 1, 12 6:02 PM Of course, a better idea is to have the arts fund themselves instead of wasting taxpayer money. Problem solved.-----------Then you're saying that no one should be receiving taxpayer money? No taxpayer money should be spent for sports stadiums? All road construction would be paid for by tolls and user fees?

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endothermSep. 1, 12 9:11 PM

If there were flaws in the process, then the correct next step is to fix the process. I don't see why they would take back grants that were already awarded. The filmmakers didn't do anything wrong. Some of these films might have gone ahead with a production schedule based on the grant they were given. They could have invested a lot of their own time and money based on the grant. If you are going to give a grant, then you should stand by that grant.

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globebrianSep. 2, 12 1:05 AM

I guess if we have enough money to fund filmmakers than there must be no starving children, homeless families or underfunded schools. This amendment should be repealed immediately.

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localguySep. 2, 12 7:23 AM

Apparently, $398,000,000 for the Viking's Stadium is money well spent. But, if we can claw back a $60,000 grant from a filmmaker that was awarded based on errors made by the State, we can put the State's fiscal house in order. The State legislators and bureaucrats need to increase the dosage of their medication.

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western614Sep. 2, 1211:55 AM

"We understood state grants have lots of rules," she said, "but I didn't understand there was no room to freelance how you're going to do the review. We were trying to be efficient." If it's the first time you're receiving a grant, wouldn't it be prudent to review the "lots" of rules before proceeding? If finding an efficient way to publicly embarrass the Board, mismanage funds, and be a disservice to the very community you're set up to assist was the Director's goal, she did a great job. Otherwise, sounds like it might be time to clean house.

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supersallySep. 3, 12 9:43 AM

Right on Western614! If someone were to look into what's been going on at the MNFTVB during the time that Lucinda Winter has been the director, that person would be overwhelmed with the 'freelancing' that's been going on. Let's bring back Kelly Pratt and Randy Adamsick and get our film industry back! We lost 1.5 billion dollars in local revenue while Ms. Winters plays kingmaker with these state grants.

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bettyishereSep. 3, 1210:22 AM

ranger1873: How is funding a film project a waste of taxpayer money? Filmmakers, gaffers, electricians, location scouts, actors and wardrobe stylists all have to eat and all contribute to their local economies. Of course funding sports' stadiums is a perfectly acceptable use of taxpayer funds, right? Shouldn't sports teams fund themselves?

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