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Top Chef wants deal kept top secret (tax dollars - Perry's office replies)
KXAN, Austin ^ | Oct. 7, 2011 | KXAN

Posted on 10/09/2011 11:40:07 AM PDT by bgill

The Bravo network TV show and its production company, Magical Elves, are fighting efforts to disclose the details of an incentive package from the state worth $400,000 in taxpayers' money...

The requests sought details about the incentive agreement reached with the state. The program is outlined on the governor's website , but the deal struck with producers of Top Chef is the first of its kind.

Lucy Nashed, a spokeswoman for Gov. Rick Perry sent this response:

“The state has an integrated marketing agreement that allows for cross promotional opportunities between Texas Tourism and Top Chef.

(Excerpt) Read more at kxan.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: govcorruption; perry; taxdollars; topchef
said Elkins. “Taxpayers have a right to know how their money is spent.”

Our tax dollars at play. Who's not so bright idea was this? More of my taxes down the tubes.

1 posted on 10/09/2011 11:40:14 AM PDT by bgill
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To: bgill

More of that green thing stuff, this one about boiling green cabbages and green tax payers.


2 posted on 10/09/2011 11:46:04 AM PDT by org.whodat (Just another heartless American, hated by Perry and his fellow democrats.)
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To: bgill

Other states have similar incentives to bring TV and film production to their locale. $400K is chump change when you consider it’s attracting a production that dumps $1M per episode (not uncommon) into the local area.


3 posted on 10/09/2011 11:48:49 AM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: bgill

Also it says “incentive program worth $400K.” It doesn’t say that we paid out $400k - it could be something as simple as tax and permit waivers totalling that. No details are given.


4 posted on 10/09/2011 11:50:28 AM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: Spktyr

Guess you missed the “one of a kind” in the article.


5 posted on 10/09/2011 11:53:28 AM PDT by bgill (There, happy now?)
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To: Spktyr
Absolutely correct, I would do the same thing as GOV, in fact I might sweeten the deal even more. Done consistently it can bring in a lot of $$ for the economy.
6 posted on 10/09/2011 11:53:28 AM PDT by cmsgop ( The left always accuses the right for the sins of the left. from FReeper Just Lori, RIP)
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To: cmsgop

8 minutes. What took y’all so long?


7 posted on 10/09/2011 11:54:32 AM PDT by bgill (There, happy now?)
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To: bgill

It’s one of a kind FOR TEXAS because until the last few years we’ve had little interest in attracting media.

It’s not unusual at all, how do you think Vancouver attracts so much film production??


8 posted on 10/09/2011 11:55:18 AM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: bgill

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local_news/article/200-000-helped-get-Top-Chef-for-S-A-2208437.php

The San Antonio Convention and Business Bureau ponied up $200,000. Eight of the season’s 14 episodes are set in San Antonio.


9 posted on 10/09/2011 11:55:35 AM PDT by sockmonkey (Freepers, please turn yourself in at attackwatch.com)
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To: bgill

We were too busy laughing at the outraged tone.

At one point I was involved in a couple of major TV projects; when we filmed on location, we dropped more than $400K PER DAY in local expenses.


10 posted on 10/09/2011 11:56:59 AM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: sockmonkey

I’ll just add part of what I told bgill on the Texas forum:

Showcasing Texas cuisine *will* help tourism, as most people’s impression of what’s available here is hopelessly out of date - my father didn’t think there was anything but BBQ and fast food here until he was forced to come to Houston with my mom for her treatments at MD Anderson. He was shocked to find good Greek, Japanese, Thai, etc., etc. There are such things as food tourists.


11 posted on 10/09/2011 12:01:38 PM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: bgill

Right and more jobs for Texas.


12 posted on 10/09/2011 12:05:12 PM PDT by shield (Rev 2:9 Woe unto those who say they are Judahites and are not, but are of the syna GOG ue of Satan.)
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To: Spktyr
It’s not unusual at all, how do you think Vancouver attracts so much film production??

I watch Telemundo, and at the end of a lot of their programs, it shows a little logo of the state of Florida, and a little blurb about assistance from the Florida Film Commission.

Oh, I just went and looked at their website. I see there are lots of movies, and television programs that are utilizing the Florida incentives.

13 posted on 10/09/2011 12:07:40 PM PDT by sockmonkey (Freepers, please turn yourself in at attackwatch.com)
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To: sockmonkey

Yup, and Florida is laughing all the way to the bank on that one. Between the increased tourism and the money those productions inject into the local economy, it’s long since paid for.


14 posted on 10/09/2011 12:12:21 PM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: bgill
Walker, Texas Ranger (1993) - Trivia - IMDb The majority of this series was filmed in Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas.

Good on Chuck Norris

15 posted on 10/09/2011 12:18:16 PM PDT by sockmonkey (Freepers, please turn yourself in at attackwatch.com)
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To: bgill

OMG, I’m laughing so hard I can hardly type! Oh the outrage! Imagine giving tax breaks to a company to move to your state and give your people jobs, inject millions into the economy, and highlight your state as a great destination. Oh the humanity! LOL


16 posted on 10/09/2011 12:21:40 PM PDT by McGavin999 (Please don't be a Freeploader, help to keep the lights on.)
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To: bgill

Good for Texas!


17 posted on 10/09/2011 12:24:11 PM PDT by magritte
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To: bgill

Rick Perry aims to provide Texas Tax Payer Dollars to Hollywood.

18 posted on 10/09/2011 1:36:32 PM PDT by trumandogz
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To: sockmonkey

Does that mean that barbecued bat will be a secret ingredient?


19 posted on 10/09/2011 1:55:52 PM PDT by ken5050 (Cain/Gingrich 2012!!! because sharing a couch with Pelosi is NOT the same as sharing a bed with her)
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To: bgill
Your phony outrage is transparent.

This is common practice across the national, although apparently new for Texas. $400K in tourism marketing for access to $15 million worth of cross-promotional opportunity. That's an excellent deal and just what a tourism office should be doing.

The only gripe here is the production company wanting to prevent details of the TX seasons from leaking while the state says the information should be released.

20 posted on 10/09/2011 9:26:35 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Obama wins in 2012.)
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To: McGavin999

What I think is hilarious are the people screaming about how it’s a giveaway, corporate welfare, etc., etc.

Tax incentives, I.E. ‘waiving various taxes for you if you come here and give us your business’ doesn’t cost the taxpayer one thin dime. Not one red cent. And it almost always results in tax revenues rising anyway - because if the business doesn’t move there, the waived taxes were revenue the state wasn’t going to get anyway. If it does move there, it will pump money into the economy and tax revenues will rise because of that.


21 posted on 10/10/2011 12:36:10 PM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: Spktyr
You are absolutely correct, but it takes someone who actually knows how the world works to get that. They also don't realize how govenors compete for those companies and jobs to come to their states.

Some magic fairy doesn't come along and sprinkle relocation dust on the heads of those CEOs. The competition is fierce!

22 posted on 10/10/2011 5:17:50 PM PDT by McGavin999 (Please don't be a Freeploader, help to keep the lights on.)
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