Minnesota Losing Film Business

Minnesota, like many states, has a film office whose job it is to lure movie companies to film in the state. The office helps arrange permits, scout locations and generally make filmmakers’ lives easier. It also offers rebates – called “snowbates” here – to bribe production companies. But the state’s governor has cut the ofice’s budget, and it looks like much of the Minnesota film business will go away. “The board keeps a tally of money spent on filmmaking in the state and compares it to the amount it gets in state subsidies. Over the past 10 years, the ratio is 33 to 1.”