Civitas Review

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    If I Were in Charge of the Special Session

    Posted in Budget & Taxes, Economics By Brian Balfour | Tagged , ,

    More groups keep coming out urging Gov. McCrory to call a special legislative session to expand corporate welfare programs, along with extending targeted tax credits, especially the credits for the film industry set to expire at the end of this year. Previously, I've expressed opposition to such a special session, but now I've realized this […]

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    NC Senate Approves Corporate Welfare for Hollywood Film Studios

    Posted in Budget & Taxes, Economics By Brian Balfour | Tagged , ,

    By a 38-6 vote, yesterday the state Senate approved a bill that includes a new "grant" program (read: taxpayer giveaway) to Hollywood film studios. Tax credits for film production are set to expire at the end of this year, but rather than allow this corporate welfare scheme to sunset, legislators are seeking to repackage it […]

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    Hollywood Cronies Rally for More Cronyism

    Posted in Budget & Taxes, Economics By Brian Balfour | Tagged ,

    Beneficiaries of government privilege are staging a rally to tell the world that they (surprise!) really want to continue receiving those state privileges. Two groups that support the film industry in North Carolina will host a rally in Wilmington to garner support for the extension of the state’s film incentive program during this year’s legislative […]

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    NC Commerce Sec.: Hollywood Cronyism to Continue

    Posted in Economics By Brian Balfour | Tagged , ,

    From the Charlotte Business Journal: Not to worry, filmmakers and TV commercial producers. North Carolina will have something for you after the state's existing film incentives expire later this year. The question is what those incentives will look like, N.C. Secretary of Commerce Sharon Decker says. Plans are to have legislation ready for the short […]

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    Film Industry Continues Plea for Government Privilege

    Posted in Budget & Taxes By Brian Balfour | Tagged ,

    Representatives from the TV and film industry gathered in Charlotte over the weekend to host a forum to discuss the "benefits" of North Carolina's tax credits for TV and movie production companies. Typical of the pleas of these folks demanding special government privileges denied most everyone else is this: “If the incentive goes away, it […]

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