State Representative Wants Legislature to Consider Closing Minn. Film Board

Updated: 12/24/2013 7:10 AM
Created: 12/23/2013 10:41 PM
By: Jay Kolls

The House Assistant Minority Leader thinks the Minnesota Film and TV Board is not performing well.

After watching a 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS story into the performance of the Film Board, State Representative Kelby Woodard, (R) Belle Plaine, says the Legislature should consider the possibility of closing the Film Board. 

Our story looked at the return taxpayers were getting on their recent $10 million investment into the Film Board's "Snowbate" program. The program offers rebates to film and television producers for bringing productions and jobs to the state.

We found, after six months of the new investment, the Film Board has only collected a little more than $500,000 on a few small productions. The Film Board tells us it could have an additional $3.7 million coming in soon from productions that have not wrapped up yet. Representative Woodard says taxpayers are not getting a very good "bang for their buck" and he supports Minnesota Legislative Auditor Jim Nobles efforts to conduct a performance "evaluation" of the Film Board.

The head of the Film Board is off for the holiday break, but told us in an email that the "Film Board would welcome" a full evaluation of the "Snowbate" program.

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