Editorial counterpoint: Give Snowbate a chance to work in Minnesota

  • Article by: Richard Cohen
  • Updated: February 6, 2014 - 6:45 PM

State has a chance to create economic impact if it can land more film and TV business.

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nonewtaxesFeb. 7, 14 6:59 AM

Minnesota should not get into a bidding war to support movie profits.

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EleanoreFeb. 7, 14 7:52 AM

Ending subsidies to private profit commercial interests isn't just the ethical, responsible, constitutionally compliant thing to do, it's the future. Pay for your own profit media outlets, you're welcome to spend your dollars here just like anyone else, don't forget them when you come. No snowbate for anyone.

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EleanoreFeb. 7, 14 7:53 AM

Did you forget, the state isn't in the business of landing business, or "creating economic impact". That's the private sectors job.

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tomstromieFeb. 7, 14 9:14 AM

Hey, I'm glad to see that you like tax credits. Now please advocate for lower taxes for EVERYONE. There is no reason we should be one of the highest taxed states in the nation.

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redeye12Feb. 7, 14 9:25 AM

How many of those 5,000 full time jobs are still here? I'm betting not many. Because they were never full time jobs to begin with. Tax policy advise from Mr Cohen is laughable. He hasn't voted to lower the tax on anybody. And this coming from the St Paul legislator who is one of the highest users of per Diem of all legislators.

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HughsterFeb. 7, 14 9:39 AM

The anti-snowbate people can't see the forest for the trees. Not only does it bring jobs, it brings economic activity. People on film crews have to eat, which helps foodservice in the area the film is made. They need housing, which helps the hotels and short-term rental housing. I an go on & on, but the film & TV rebate is a winner.

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jimdogFeb. 7, 1411:03 AM

The film and movie companies are worth attracting. People here seem to conviently forget that alot of new businesses receive subsidies, property tax breaks, etc. If we did nothing- businesses will just go somewhere else. I would rather see a movie company providing jobs than some mining company stripping away all the land,

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davehougFeb. 7, 1412:01 PM

Hmmmm government picking winners and losers with snowbate and tax on warehouses. Yet government has a rotten track record of spending money and getting the expected benefit. Think "subsidize it and they will come."

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zooloogoldFeb. 7, 14 1:39 PM

Snowbate means the people that live here have to take up the slack.

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thenothingFeb. 7, 14 1:41 PM

What you negatives DON'T know about the film industry and the snowbate would fill a honey wagon ten times over. The fact is the snowbate is good for MN and our economy. Your taxes aren't going down if you kill the program with your negativity. Those general fund dollars will just move elsewhere. You only hurt your fellow Minnesotans with your misguided ideology. The people taking advantage of this rebate are not Hollywood fat cats leaving the state with bags of money. That's not how it works, and our incentives are not nearly strong enough to attract Hollywood anyway. We aim to attract independent productions, your sons and daughters, your friends and neighbors, who have been struggling for an opportunity to tell their stories, to create their vision and display their skills. They want to spend their money in Minnesota, and support a local film community that has a reputation of being among the best in the country. The snowbate offers a small incentive for them. When compared to most states it is hardly competitive, but it is a start. Give your local film community a chance, you'll be proud of what they can accomplish.

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