• John Locke Update

    A “Record” Year in Film Shows the Wisdom in Limiting Film Grants

    posted September 2, 2021 by Jon Sanders
    North Carolina reportedly had a record year of investment in film productions in 2021 despite having a cap on its film grant, a seemingly counterintuitive result that's consistent with research on film incentives. Owing to so many other factors influencing film productions, research has found film incentives have diminishing returns and argued for strictly limiting the incentives even if they're to grow the film industry as opposed to the state's economy. Research also finds that film incentives fail at growing a state's economy, returning only cents per dollar of tax credit or grant given.
  • John Locke Update

    Corporate Welfare Creates Headlines, Not Jobs as Promised

    posted January 8, 2020 by Jon Sanders
    WRAL reporter Tyler Dukes has examined job creation promises from North Carolina economic-development incentives programs and found them falling far, far short. Dukes assessed job creation from projects under the…
  • John Locke Update

    North Carolina Needs a Broader Debate over Corporate Welfare

    posted July 18, 2019 by Jon Sanders
    The budget standoff in North Carolina is generating national attention, which focuses on the debate over Medicaid expansion. But there’s another policy standoff in Raleigh, and it’s interesting not just…

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