Minnesota Broke Rules, Bankrolled Jimmy Fallon
It turns out Minnesota taxpayers bankrolled Jimmy Fallon’s “Tonight Show” during the 2018 Super Bowl, according to recently released documents.
On January 4th of 2018, Minnesota provided the “Tonight Show” with $267,000 through a government rebate program known as “Snowbate,” which Fallon’s operation may not have qualified for, according to MPR News. This information has just now reached the public thanks to documents obtained via a Freedom of Information Act request (FOIA), reports USA Today.
“To simply give away funds to a large company that would shoot here regardless, with almost no hope for return, isn't responsible on our part, especially when the statute is clear [that this is not permitted],” said Michael Tabor, a member of a Snowbate advisory committee, reports USA Today.
Not only did Snowbate act irresponsibly according to Tabor’s anyalisys, but the program blew over half its annual budget on reimbursing the “Tonight Show,” reports USA Today.
Shockingly, Minnesota didn’t even have to pay the “Tonight Show” to film in the state. Newly released documents demonstrate that during the negotiation process, industry consultant Michelle Caron assured Snowbate officials that “they [the show] are coming here anyway because of the event [Super Bowl], no further incentive needed,” according to MPR.
In order to fund Fallon, Snowbate officials had to reclassify the “Tonight Show” as a “variety show” because talk shows are not eligible to receive state funds, reports USA today.
Jimmy Fallon and the “Tonight Show” have been longtime critics of President Donald Trump and Conservatives in general, often parodying the president and his supporters.