End the Snowbate Rip-off of Minnesota Taxpayers

 

MPR featured a story about how the "snow-bate" - a rebate program to get Hollywood producers to film in Minnesota - put hundreds of thousands of dollars into the hands of the tonight show during the Superbowl.

As usual, there was a lot of huffing and puffing by DFLers including jobs committee Chair Rep. Tim Mahoney.  Mahoney said he likes the snow-bate but just thinks this particular payment was a misuse of the funds since the Tonight Show was coming here anyway.

Rep. Cal Bahr, a member of the New House Republican Caucus thinks giving tax breaks to a multi-trillion dollar industry, to come to Minnesota for a few weeks and leave, is not a good expenditure of the people's money. He introduced HF 49 right at the beginning of the legislative session last year. It would repeal the whole program.  

Rep. Bahr said, "When Minnesota needs to use tax exemptions to entice ANY business to come here, that should be a neon sign that we need to rethink our tax structure." 

As usual, there was a lot of huffing and puffing by DFLers including jobs committee Chair Rep. Tim Mahoney.  Mahoney said he likes the snow-bate but just thinks this particular payment was a misuse of the funds since the Tonight Show was coming here anyway.

Rep. Cal Bahr, a member of the New House Republican Caucus thinks giving tax breaks to a multi-trillion dollar industry, to come to Minnesota for a few weeks and leave, is not a good expenditure of the people's money. He introduced HF 49 right at the beginning of the legislative session last year. It would repeal the whole program.  

Rep. Bahr said "When Minnesota needs to use tax exemptions to entice ANY business to come here, that should be a neon sign that we need to rethink our tax structure." 

 

  • Link to HF 49 (2019)

http://www.revisor.mn.gov/bills/bill.php?b=House&f=HF0049&ssn=0&y=2019