The latest advertisements on behalf of Larry Hogan, the GOP candidate for Maryland’s Governor, have focused on tying his opponent, Lt. Governor Anthony Brown, to the tax policies of Governor Martin O’Malley (D). In his...
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- John Stossel Cites Tax Foundation Study of Film Tax Credits
John Stossel Cites Tax Foundation Study of Film Tax Credits
Transferring taxpayer dollars to filmmakers is not rational economic strategy. Such projects rarely encourage job creation. The Tax Foundation points out that investing in movie production projects mostly attracts
"temporary jobs that are often transplanted from other states..."
Still, states make dramatic job creation claims about film subsidies. The Tax Foundation reviews a 2009 report by the Pennsylvania Legislative Budget and Finance Committee and finds that
"Pennsylvania's film tax credit produces net benefits of $4.5 million by assuming that any business interacting with the film industry would not exist but for the credit."
That, of course, is nonsense. Still, state bureaucrats are eager to give away your money.
Two recent posts on film tax credits from our Tax Policy Blog:
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