Representative Ross Hunter has made his criticisms of the Motion Picture Competitiveness Program public. You can read his assessment here, on his personal blog.
We encourage the film industry, and its supporters, to address these misconceptions in order to inform the larger community about the value of our industry. Here are some relevant talking points to consider:
- Studies – Representative Hunter relies on biased studies, cited as evidence, to make a point that production incentives represent bad economic development. These studies only evaluate the most aggressive incentive programs in drawing their conclusions. Washington’s program is dramatically different – we offer a return on in state spending only. The Motion Picture Competitiveness Program has injected $69.2M into our statewide economy, with $31.2M going to wages and benefits for Washington workers and $38M to Washington based businesses. This investment in our economy has generated B&O taxes, property taxes, and sales taxes.
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