Bye bye movies

As the NC GOP continues to kill jobs in our state with their foolish "no subsidies, except for dirty energy, the gun industry and rich people" mentality, the end of film production tax credits has dried up movie production in our state.

Five movies shot in North Carolina will hit theaters this year, but the head of the state film office said Tuesday that no new movies are in production or currently planned anywhere in the state.

No money, no jobs, all because the NC GOP doesn't like Hollywood.

Film projects brought more than $316 million to North Carolina last year, filming in more than three dozen counties statewide, including Wake, Durham, Orange, Chatham, Franklin and Cumberland counties.
Gaster said a single movie can bring hundreds of jobs to the state and pump millions of dollars into local economies, from restaurants and hotels to lumberyards and shops, such as an antique store in Concord where the "Hunger Games" producers shopped a few years ago.

"The shop owner said that they did over half of their year's business in that one day because (the producers) needed just different trinkets and things to set up a market kind of look on set," he said. “They’re building the set, so that’s where they’re getting their equipment and materials – locally.”

And this is the party that claims to improve the economy, create jobs and love small business.



Salt in the wound

To make it worse (the tea party always makes it worse), the GOP extremist loons also imposed a new sales tax on movies in North Carolina.

Not made in NC, but taxed in NC.

"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

This is really depressing.

I've never been much of a fan for incentives, but the film industry formula was working well.

Which is all Republicans needed to know before destroying it. If it was in place before they took charge, and it's working, it must be stomped out lest voters realize who they need running the state again.

Wasn't the subsidy generating something like

5 dollars in economic activity for every dollar spent?? Typical GOP shortsightedness .... it's hard to have depth perception with only your right eye open.

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