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."Read more
It took a Session and a one-day special session to seal the deal but a budget was passed. To Recap what passed and what didn't.
While the budget negotiations are underway, it's worth taking a look at where things stood after the omnibus bills were passed by the House and Senate and compare them to our proposal.
In the last few days of the budget negotiations, some lobbying groups are trying to spread the false talking point that if the 2% provider tax goes away, so It does NOT fund Minnesota care as members of our caucus explain in this video using data from the Minnesota Management & Budget and Dept of Human Services. Most of the Health Care Access Fund is transferred to the General Fund for use in other State Government pet projects - NOT for healthcare.
In the past week and a half, the Minnesota House has passed a slew of omnibus bills, covering the breadth of government as well as a tax bill that contains property taxes, income taxes, and other taxes. We asked non-partisan staff to compile all the taxes and fees contained in these bills to find out just what the impact would be if the DFL House gets their way.Read more