Andrew Zimmern Pitches ‘Snowbate’ Tax Renewal At Capitol

WCCO | CBS Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota lawmakers got a visit Wednesday from a well-known celebrity chef and food writer, who is lobbying to save the “Snowbate” tax credit for production companies.

Andrew Zimmern greeted House members, some of whom took selfies with the ‘Bizarre Foods’ host.

He’s making a pitch for lawmakers to renew the tax credit that provides incentives for Hollywood movie productions and local companies.

“Every night I turn on the news there’s employees being let go from big Fortune 100 companies here in our state. What replaces that? Is it manufacturing? I don’t think so. Is it digital production? You bet I think so,” Zimmern said. “I think this could be something that we lead with.”

Republicans currently have no money in their budget to fund the Snowbate tax.

A recent legislative auditor study reported it could not quantify how many jobs the tax credit helped create.

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