Taxpayers Get Little Return on $10M Investment in Minn. Film Industry

Updated: 12/13/2013 5:13 AM
Created: 12/12/2013 9:43 PM
By: Jay Kolls

Lawmakers gave Minnesota Film and TV Board $10 million, but taxpayers are not seeing much of a return.

5 EYEWITNESS NEWS took a look at the first six months of the $10 million rebate program and found the Film Board has only collected a little more than $500,000 from movie and TV productions.

The Film Board says it has a couple more projects unfinished and could still collect $3.7 million in the first six months. That would mean the Film Board would have to nearly triple its production to just break even on taxpayers' investment.

The rebate program is designed to attract more films and TV projects, but it has not generated as much business as some in the industry hoped it would.

Milo Durbin has worked as a dolly grip for more than 30 years and he tells 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS, "some guys cannot get work in Minnesota right now and it is frustrating because the $10 million should be helping and it isn't right now."

KSTP asked Film Board Executive Director, Lucinda Winter, several times, for an interview, but she told us quote: "I am too busy right now."

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