by Julie Tisdale
City & County Policy Analyst
Thank goodness for North Carolina film incentives! I don’t know about you, but as a taxpayer, I’m really glad we gave tax credits worth almost $1.8 million for the production of this gem, Piranha 3DD, that’s now been nominated for two Razzies – one for “Worst Remake, Rip-Off, or Sequel” and one for “Worst Supporting Actor.”
It’s a poor use of taxpayer dollars to try to choose winners and losers, supporting particular industries and companies over others. And it seems particularly egregious when the government uses those tax dollars to support the production of a bad movie that’s of questionable taste. If there were ever any doubt that the government shouldn’t be giving incentives for film production, clearly their decision to pump nearly $1.8 million into this project, at a time when budgets are tight and taxes are increasing, surely this film should provide all the evidence we need.