Reducing taxes for a project that might (or might not) happen in your State is not a taxpayer giveaway.
It is not “expensive” to not charge high taxes in order to encourage a project to happen in your State.
It is sort of like when taxes are lowered and it triggers an economic boom - and liberals cry and gnash their teeth about not collecting at the higher tax rate on the economic boom that simply wouldn't have happened at the higher rate.
Is it fair that the people with the tremendous power to collect taxes get to pick winners and losers?
“You, you make boring old widgets. Pay up! A lot.”
“But YOU, Mr. Producer? You wanna make a movie in my little old fly-over state?! I might get to see George Clooney?! We’ll give you a big fat tax break!”
Study after study after study has debunked the idea that production brings an “economic boom.” They don’t do post-production on site. They bring their own crews, except for gofers and extras. They’re not going to train your kid to be a cameraman.
At most, they eat in restaurants and stay in motels for a few weeks. Why don’t you give THOSE businesses the tax breaks?
All you states giving away taxpayer money and fronting expensive film commissions? You’re suckers.
First of all, this is not a tax exemption they are getting, but a check direct from the public treasury, ie, a subsidy.
Second, even if it was a tax break, how does that fit into the concept of “equal justice under the law” when one industry gets a tax break, but another does not?