Lawmakers propose defunding Minnesota’s film incentive program

Maybe it’s just that they aren’t movie fans? Euan Kerr at MPR says, “Filmmakers are angry about a proposal before a Minnesota House committee to defund the state’s film-incentive program and disband the Minnesota Film and Television Board. The measure would save $1.8 million. Supporters of the rebate program say it’s resulted in 155 projects being made in Minnesota over the last three years. … House Republicans want to use the state budget surplus to cut taxes and fund road and bridge projects, so they’re adjusting spending in other parts of the budget to pay for other priorities. Meanwhile, a proposal before the Senate would increase funding for the incentive program.” What if somebody promised to shoot a sequel to that Michael Bay Benghazi movie here in Minnesota?

Is it shorter if her dad has a shotgun? In the Pioneer Press, Rachel Stassen-Berger reminds fellow Minnesotans, “[Jesse Hunt and Taylor Russell] will have a small ceremony April 29, the date Hunt first asked Russell out five years ago, and then a larger celebration next year. But before they showed up in the county office, with their 4-month-old son in a carrier, they had not planned for the five-day wait the state of Minnesota requires before issuing a marriage license. They had time to spare before their nuptials, but Minnesota lawmakers want to negate the wait for future couples.  Minnesota is one of only two states in the nation with such a long waiting period; the majority of states do not make couples wait at all to obtain their licenses … .”

How many airbags in this thing? Don Davis of the Forum News Service says, “The state House says a three-wheeled vehicle like Minnesota-based Polaris produces fits in a category of its own. On a Thursday 129-1 vote, representatives created the ‘autocycle’ category, between a car and a motorcycle. A similar bill awaits a Senate vote. The bill by Rep. Dan Fabian, R-Roseau, would allow Minnesotans without a motorcycle driver’s license endorsement to drive the vehicle, even as the device with two wheels in the front and one in the rear is considered a motorcycle for insurance and license plate purposes.”

Nature is not always kind. Says Josephine Marcotty of the Strib, “The 55-year saga of wolves on Isle Royale may be coming to a close. The latest survey shows only two wolves left — a male-female pair that are so old and closely inbred that they are unlikely to successfully reproduce. …” Listening to wolves howl across Lake Desor is a special memory.

Before last night’s rain, the AP was saying, “Warm and dry conditions in the past week have allowed Minnesota farmers to begin planting in earnest. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday in its weekly crop progress report for Minnesota that 54 percent of the state’s sugarbeet acreage got planted last week, the largest percentage by this date on record.”

Maybe he really is “crawling over glass?” Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski and Chris Mannix write, “Tom Thibodeau is pursuing the Minnesota Timberwolves’ president of basketball operations and coaching job because of his determination to have full control of an organization, league sources told The Vertical. Thibodeau wants to have final say on player personnel, organizational philosophy and hirings, league sources said, and that’s only available with the Minnesota opening now. … How Thibodeau handles power – and how he interacts with a GM that reports to him as president – is a source of intrigue and curiosity around the league.”

Kind of on a roll. Mary Ann Grossmann in the PiPress says, “T.J. Stiles has won his second Pulitzer Prize. A native of Foley, Minn., and graduate of Carleton College who lives in Berkeley, Calif., Stiles won for ‘Custer’s Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America.’ He won in 2010 for ‘The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt,’ which also won a National Book Award.”

At the Strib Laurie Hertzel adds, “He was joined on the Pulitzers list by two other Minnesotans: Sacramento Bee political cartoonist Jack Ohman, who got his start at the University of Minnesota Daily, and Associated Press reporter Robin McDowell, part of a team who won the public service award for a series about slave labor in the seafood industry.”

If they stay in session until Labor Day they might get it right. The Forum News Service story on broadband developments says, “Minnesota House Republicans edged up their proposed broadband spending Monday as they worked to wrap up their budget plan. The new figure of $40 million for two years is $5 million more than the GOP said it would push last week. It is short of $100 million sought by Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and $85 million proposed by Democrats who control the state Senate.”

What? Also in the Strib, Kevyn Burger writes, “A new word is joining ‘highlights,’ ‘nail’ and ‘brows’ on the calendars of busy women: “lashes.” Once the signature of showgirls and pageant contestants, eyelash enhancements are becoming commonplace, worn to the prom, in the executive boardroom and by a majority of television news anchors. Ultra-thick lashes have arrived at that tipping point where they’re available to more women of all ages and stations. They can be tinted, boosted with pharmaceutical growth serum and given semi-permanent extensions, to say nothing of a new generation of inexpensive but stylish strip lashes (also known as falsies).”

File under: ‘If you don’t at least try to sell it, no one will buy.’ At Power Line John Hinderaker says: “The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that so far in 2016, shootings in Minneapolis are up by an astounding 85 percent over 2015. Other violent crime is up as well … . What could account for an 85 percent increase in shootings? Liberals predictably will blame guns, but there has been no change in the gun laws. The only plausible explanation is a combination of the Ferguson Effect and the racial hostility promoted by the Obama administration and the Black Lives Matter organization.” The real victims, of course, are cranky lawyers.

Uh, a troubled individual, obviously. Says the WCCO-TV story, “A 41-year-old man faces a felony charge, officials say, after an Apple Valley mom caught him earlier this month peeping on her teenage daughter. Perry James Heaton, of Apple Valley, is charged with inference with privacy, according to charges filed in Dakota County court. According to a criminal complaint, a woman called police last Monday night after she found a man hiding near her house when she arrived home from work. … she found a ladder underneath her 15-year-old daughter’s window. The lights were on in her daughter’s room, as well as the rest of the house.When an  officer arrived at the scene a few minutes later, he found Heaton curled up in a ball behind a tree in the neighbor’s yard.”

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Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Pat Berg on 04/19/2016 - 08:36 am.

    5 day wait for marriage license

    I wonder if Minnesota’s divorce rate differs substantially from that of states without a waiting period? I don’t have time to go looking for the answer right now, but that’s the immediate question that occurs to me.

  2. Submitted by Tim McCarthy on 04/19/2016 - 11:17 am.

    10th lowest divorce rate

    Correlation not causation I suspect.

  3. Submitted by Logan Foreman on 04/19/2016 - 03:40 pm.

    Thought that

    The republicans were in favor of job creation. Nope

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