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#ncga: $4 million from taxpayers for an “untitled television project” ?

We don’t know what it’s called or about.  We don’t know who’s in it.  We don’t know if it will even be picked up by a network.  But it’s getting $4 million worth of North Carolina tax dollars: Commerce Department officials on Friday ballyhooed the…

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#ncga: Lights, Camera … WELFARE !!!!

Well, they approved $45 million in corporate welfare after turning down TWENTY MILLION for being too much last session.  Movie incentives also got shot down.  So far, this year it appears all bets are off.   It appears Senator Bill “Tax-Hike ” Rabon is teaming…

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#NCGA: GOP House member laments his party’s back-track, retreat on tax policy

Every once in a while we’re blessed with a lone voice of common sense, out in the wilderness, trying to inject some common sense into the nonsense that is the Raleigh political circus.  John Rhodes and Robert Brawley got primaried out of office.  John Blust…

Posted in campaign 2014 Media NC legislature NCGOP Politics Thom Tillis

#NCSEN: Tillis goes Hollywood, backs $40 million in additional state incentives for film industry

During the recently-completed GOP primary for US Senate, speaker Thom Tillis told a fundraiser crowd in Wilmington he favored the retention of state incentives for studios shooting movies and TV shows in North Carolina.  A few days later, several folks connected to Wilmington-based Screen Gems…

Posted in campaign 2014 Congress Media NC legislature Politics Thom Tillis

Coming Soon To A Theater Near You: THE BIG ‘DOUBLE-CROSS’

Wilmington-area legislators and movie industry types are pretty mad.  It looks like incentives for the film industry are not going to survive the state House.   These folks REALLY thought they were going to keep getting these goodies.  And for good reason. In January, we wrote…

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#NCGA: From BAD to WORSE on film incentives

There has been a steady drumbeat over the years to end the strategy of subsidies and tax incentives in economic development.  Critics suggest — rightly so — that states will benefit much more from across-the-board tax cuts and deregulation than they will from taxpayer-funded goodies…

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#NCGA: Lights, camera — Cronyism !!!

Um, BOHICA,  We’ve got a $445 million revenue shortfall at the state level. The honorables on Jones Street are getting ready to hit us with toll roads on top of the outrageously high gas tax we already pay. We’ve been told that we don’t have…