by Jon Sanders
Director of the Center for Food, Power, and Life, Research Editor, John Locke Foundation
The bad news is, the new state budget would not reduce or end the state’s film grant program, either. It would also tweak it to make it easier for film productions to qualify and make the grants more lucrative on a per-project basis. Here’s what the changes would do:
States incentivizing film productions peaked in 2009, when all but six states had at least one program. Now over one-third don’t. States began getting rid of film incentives programs because when they study them, they find film incentives programs simply don’t work. They provide no net boost to the state’s economy while only helping outside film production companies and current workers.