South Carolina killed their incentive. North Carolina's incentive expires next year, and the conservatives who have come back into power their have signaled their desire to end the program. Gov. Perdue, a Dem, backed it. In Georgia, the conservatives running the state have only one report to base their support off of....and it was paid for by the MPAA, who is lying to them. Ignorance is bliss.
Finally, the Louisiana film division has commissioned three reports on the film incentive. ALL of them show massive losses for the state. In addition, one was done by the Leg. fiscal officer and another was done by a third party think tank....those two reports showed the same thing as the other three. ALL FIVE REPORTS show Louisiana is bleeding hundreds of millions of dollars for virtually no ROI to the state coffers. Does this surprise? No....It's Louisiana. Who read there?
Again, stop drinking the kool aid. Or, wait.....are you a MPAA staffer?
My God. You speak of personal bias and then link to an article (not the actual study, btw) of a report paid for by the MPAA in support of film incentives? That report has as much credibility as a report paid for by Justin Bieber saying that he has more artistic merit than any singer on earth, ever. Sure....let's trust that. And how is the kool aid in Jonestown?
Had you actually read that study, you might have noticed that E&Y actually conceded that the cost to the governments actually exceeds the roi state coffers. Try reading it next time....be careful not to spit your kool aid out.
Um, Wheeler in Iowa. Patel and others in Louisiana. Two state reps in Michigan over Hanger 42. The producer of the last Richard Dreyfuss movie in Massachusetts. The Jewish Producer from Minn in Iowa. That's just off the top of my head. Please stop waiting and google film incentive corruption. Lots of reading awaits you.
The politicians in Georgia are being lied to. The only report the have was paid for by the MPAA and written by a firm that has a direct financial interest in seeing state film incentives continue. But sure, trust those with a direct financial state and the "highly qualified" elected officials in Georgia who do NOT have time to study the information presented to them, as film incentives are just one of the hundreds of things on their daily agendas.
Perhaps you should look to equally red Louisiana, where all three of the reports paid for by the state film office show the same thing as virtually every other incentive report from every other state, ever. FILM INCENTIVES NEVER PAY FOR THEMSELVES. EVER. EVER. EVER. Facts and reality do not support you. At all. 2+2=4, yet you insist its 5.
None of the examples you list depend on the film incentive. Hotel jobs, bar jobs, restaurant jobs....all of them are not dependent on film industry patrons. Indeed, they would be better off if the state spent money on tourism spending. As for the tourism benefits you allude to from film & tv, please remember that setting matters....not where it is actually filmed. This is why Scranton benefits from the Office (filmed in Hollywoood); Boston benefits from Cheers (filmed in Hollywood); Miami benefits from CSI Miami (filmed in Long Beach); Dallas benefits from the old Dallas (filmed in LA)....and so on and so on and so on.
For the record, most of the major cash payments from Michigan to film & TV went to projects not set in Michigan at ALL. Red Dawn, OZ, Scream 4, Reel Steal etc. etc. etc.
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