film incentives

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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    North Carolina was the first state to lose an incumbent congressman in a 2018 primary election. Eight incumbent legislators also lost primary contests. Rick Henderson assesses these and other results in the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Jon Sanders compares North Carolina to its neighbors when…
    Mitch Kokai, May 18, 2018
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    The All-Comers Economic Incentive, illustrated

    My research brief today looks at the growing trend among states to get out of film incentives, which they're finding to be net money losers. It also highlights the solution that's already implied by the urge to provide special tax cuts to the favored industry (in this case, film productions): cut taxes across the board.
    Jon Sanders, May 3, 2018
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    Three new state studies of film incentives, same results

    We have shown for years how state studies of their own incentives programs for film productions find them to be net money losers. Three new state reports make the same finding.
    Jon Sanders, May 2, 2018
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    NCSL page hits North Carolina’s wrong turn on film grants

    North Carolina has a dubious distinction in the National Conference of State Legislatures’ page on state film production incentives programs. “Since 2009, 13 states have ended their film incentive programs,” NCSL noted. We’ve been discussing that trend here (now over one-third of the country isn’t giving special incentives for…
    Jon Sanders, April 30, 2018
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Carolina Journal Online reports on Gov. Roy Cooper’s latest attempt to throw out a new merged state elections and ethics board. A new lawsuit from Cooper follows a defeat at the N.C. Supreme Court. John Hood’s Daily Journal places North Carolina’s film incentives in perspective. They play a…
    Mitch Kokai, March 14, 2018
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    “It’s not a sustainable industry that lasts once the incentives go away.”

    Sunday is Oscar night, and one of the films nominated for best picture was filmed in Sylva, North Carolina: “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” The production received a $3.1 million film grant from the state. As David Menconi of the News & Observer explains, that’s a huge piece of the independent…
    Donna Martinez, March 2, 2018
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    Maryland taxpayers get fleeced, then the whole enterprise collapses like a …

    Maryland more than tripled its film production tax incentives to keep "House of Cards" from following through on the threat to leave the state — even after studying the tax credits and finding they were only returning six cents on the dollar. Was it worth it?
    Jon Sanders, October 31, 2017
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    The N&O interrupts complaining against tax cuts for business to demand tax cuts for a business

    The same editors who called business tax cuts "wasting the public's money, throwing it away for the benefit of a few" back in May are now saying it was an "utterly dumb idea" to do away with refundable tax credits for film productions.
    Jon Sanders, October 25, 2017