(Not) making the argument for filmmaking incentives

The Wilmington Star-News has an editorial out today that makes the case for state economic incentives for film productions:

Those incentives are generous, and many people criticize incentives in general as an unfair practice that singles out specific industries or businesses for special favor. But film incentives are somewhat different than incentives based on long-term job creation in that they seek to attract transient production companies that could set up shop almost anywhere.

And while their direct impact may be temporary, the filmmaking industry plays an important role in attracting tourists year-round.

That’s hardly a reassuring argument.

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