film incentives (page 8)

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    Creeping Cronyism is a really tiresome movie … series

    Accountability is sorely missing in the issue of film grants. It's one of those issues where special interests win out easily over working people and small local business enterprises who don't have the time nor money to lobby for legislators to protect their interests.
    Jon Sanders, October 6, 2017
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    Keep the film grant fund’s sunset date

    An email from House Speaker Tim Moore lists "film credit expiration fix" among possible items for consideration in this week's session. If the idea is to get rid of the 2020 sunset of the film grant fund, it wouldn't be a "fix," it'd be an abdication of responsibility.
    Jon Sanders, October 2, 2017
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    House, Senate, and governor disagree on the best way to do a foolish thing

    Film grants: the sensible thing would be to zero out the film subsidy entirely. But the House, Senate, and governor's budgets all expand it in different ways.
    Jon Sanders, May 31, 2017
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    Look no further than film incentives, solar subsidies, and the recent vote on craft freedom

    From Ludwig von Mises’ Human Action, 1949, pp. 865-866. (To understand this passage in terms of the Orwellian language that dominates modern politics in North Carolina and elsewhere substitute the word stakeholders for Mises’ use of the phrase “pressure groups.”) The public looks askance upon the lobbyists and blames…
    Roy Cordato, May 19, 2017
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    Senate budget would keep film grants, but it shouldn’t

    The newly released Senate budget would retain the Film and Entertainment Grant Fund, with a bit of a twist. As Carolina Journal reported, the budget would make $15 million of the $30 million grant a permanent feature. While this isn’t as bad as earlier proposals to jack the fund…
    Jon Sanders, May 10, 2017
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    This should raise red flags for film subsidy supporters

    It’s rare when one can highlight the overwhelming awesomeness that is Spinal Tap, while at the same time making a point about public policy. So thanks, Bloomberg Businessweek! Robert Kolker’s feature in the latest issue documents the efforts of Spinal Tap’s creators to recover some of the money…
    Mitch Kokai, April 25, 2017
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    Special favoritism for film productions is still a bad idea

    Economics hasn't suddenly changed. So there's no need to expand dramatically the state's film grant program, especially not to five and a half times the level it was in 2015. But House Bill 473 and  Senate Bill 358 would both pump up the state's "Film and Entertainment Grant Fund" to $55 million. States reviews of their own film incentive programs1 have consistently found they are net money losers. NC's previous program was returning only 19 cents per dollar:
    Jon Sanders, March 28, 2017
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on a bill to expand taxpayer subsidies for the N.C. film industry. Roy Cordato’s Daily Journal highlights key problems tied to the American Health Care Act.
    Mitch Kokai, March 24, 2017