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Minnesota film community: here’s the good word from the MN Film and TV Board about tax incentives for film production in Minnesota. The incentives bill (SF419) has a hearing before the Senate Tax Committee on Thursday, March 14 at 8:30 AM in Room 15 of the Capitol. The bill's author (Senator Karin Housley) will be making an important amendment which contains reforms and clarifications needed to make the program work for both the industry and Minnesota.
To make the case for a transferable tax credit incentive in advance of the hearing, please contact members of the Senate Tax Committee and tell them to support this program, which will bring jobs and investment to Minnesota: Paul Anderson (R) - 651-296-9261/ Tom Bakk (DFL) - 651-296-8881/ Roger Chamberlain (R) - 651-296-1253/ Kari Dziedzic (DFL) - 651-296-7809/ Melisa Franzen (DFL) - 651-296-6238/ Paul Gazelka (R) - 651-296-4875/ Jeff Howe (R) - 651-296-2084/ Jeremy Miller (R) - 651-296-5649/ Ann Rest (DFL) - 651-296-2889/ David Senjem (R) - 651-296-3903
And attend the hearing to support the legislation if you can! For talking points and more info: tinyurl.com/y5nn7zkh
This is not an “arts” issue; it’s a jobs issue. Minnesota film community: It’s time to contact our elected state officials and urge them to support two measures on production incentives in the 2019 legislative session.
1. An appropriation to fund the current rebate incentive at $10 million. This request will go through the jobs committees of the House and Senate.
2. A bill to establish a transferable tax credit incentive. This request will go through the tax committees of the House and Senate.
Governor Walz will issue his budget recommendations to the Legislature next week, so it's critical that he and state senators + reps hear from supporters! Find more info + talking points on MN Film & TV’s web site: https://mnfilmtv.org/incentives/advocacy-2019/