by Michael Lowrey
A state lawmaker is trying to establish a “film caucus” to argue for continued state incentives for film productions in the state. And he’s inviting legislators from all 30 counties in the state where filming has taken place in recent years to join in.
As my JLF colleague Jon Sanders wrote back in July:
The problem with these incentives is that the lower tax burden on film productions comes with the consequence of keeping tax burdens high on nonfavored businesses and industries. When government chooses one industry or business for special deals and breaks, there’s a good chance that cronyism is at work.
Bonus observation: The lawmaker organizing the caucus, Rep. Ted Davis, is a Republican, proving yet again that all politics is local.