AFP-NC to NCGA: Watch Good Movies, Don’t Study Them

Jul 31, 2014 by AFP

Grassroots Organization Reminds Legislators to Cut Handouts to Hollywood

RALEIGH – Americans for Prosperity’s North Carolina Deputy State Director, Donald Bryson, is getting exasperated with lawmakers who say they want to support fiscal responsibility and end corporate welfare, but can’t kick the film subsidy habit. AFP is urging lawmakers to vote no on today’s vote on an amendment to “study” the film production tax credit, rather than simply let the Hollywood handout expire:

“I like movies, too, and welcome any directors who want to film their productions in our scenic state – but that doesn’t mean I want to pay them with my tax dollars. You can study our film production tax credit all day, but the simple fact is that this is a handout from North Carolina’s taxpayers to Hollywood companies and directors. We should attract businesses to our state by making our overall tax climate welcoming, not picking winners and losers with special handouts.

“Many of our legislators have talked big about ending corporate welfare. It’s time for their actions to match up with their words. If corporate welfare is bad policy, then the film production tax credit has to go. This amendment is a sloppy attempt to justify what everyone knows are blatant handouts. We won’t let them get away with it.

“Here’s a better idea for our cinephile lawmakers: start a film club to watch movies together. It could become a bipartisan social gathering. Just don’t use our money to pad the wallets of your favorite directors.”