California bill would incentivize film productions to leave states with un-California politics

The Hill reports:

[California] Assembly Bill 1442 would allow an additional tax credit starting in January 2020 for qualified productions that decide not to film in states that have “pending legislation or existing law that prohibits access to, criminalizes the provision of, or otherwise restricts a woman’s access to abortion services after 6 weeks from the beginning of the pregnancy or earlier.”

The proposal comes a week after Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R) signed legislation criminalizing nearly all abortions, with no exceptions for rape and incest.

Other states, including Georgia, Iowa and Mississippi, have recently moved to greatly restrict abortions.

The article quotes Democratic Assemblywoman Luz Rivas, who said, “We’re trying to further incentivize the entertainment industry that currently is filming in states with these strict abortion bans to come and do business in California and share our values.”

Why not? Those states could stop wasting money. And by wasting money I’m not just talking about wasting it on an “economic development” program that doesn’t actually develop the economy.

I also mean they could stop wasting money on hysterical ingrate outsiders trying to dictate their state’s policies.

Think about it. This has to be the stupidest extortion attempt ever devised. If you don’t do what we say, we won’t take your money! Really?

Well … OK!

Jon Sanders / Director of Regulatory Studies

Jon Sanders studies regulatory policy, a veritable kudzu of invasive government and unintended consequences. As director of regulatory studies at the John Locke Foundation, Jo...

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