Stories from the States: Frank Underwood Fleeces Maryland Taxpayers

April 14, 2015J

Welcome back to our guest post week featuring Stories from the States: Film Incentives!  Today’s post comes to us from Marc Kilmer, a Senior Fellow at the Maryland Public Policy Institute.  Maryland’s film incentive story, as related by Marc, shows how film incentive money generally ends up concentrating into just a few hands.  We’ve seen […]

Stars in Their Eyes: State and Local Lawmakers Need to Get a Grip

January 17, 2015J

“I can tell you they are excited about the possibility of filming their Florida scenes here.  However, the reality is they can film in North Carolina, Louisiana, and other locations for less money because of incentives and out-of-town crew issues.  The bottom line is they would like to film here, but not without financial incentives […]

Floridians work 4 1/2 months to pay total tax bill

April 09, 2014J,

Via William Patrick, FloridaWatchdog.org TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Tuesday, April 15, isn’t just the deadline to file income taxes with the Internal Revenue Service. For Floridians, it’s Tax Freedom Day. It takes 4 1/2 months for Floridians to earn enough money, on average, to pay off their total federal, state and local tax bill, according to […]

The NFL and the freeloading gang of pro-sports teams

February 12, 2014J,

Super Bowl weekend Patrick Hruby had an article in Politico calling the NFL out for being the National Freeloader League. Hruby’s piece highlighted the special favors the NFL is granted by Congress — mainly tax free, non-profit status and piles of taxpayer-funded handouts. Hruby lays out some numbers that paint a clear picture of just […]