Film tax credits are another form of corporate welfare

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In his letter on Sunday, Russ Streiner of the Pittsburgh Film Office asks, “If film tax credits are bad and not helpful to the economy, why would California lawmakers and the governor make such a giant increase in the program to keep movie production there?” (“Pa., Learn From California: Increase Film Tax Credits,” Aug. 31). The obvious answer is that politicians like the ego boost and photo-ops they get from hanging out with glamorous movie stars.

However, corporate welfare is the same no matter whether it is bestowed upon a Hollywood film studio or a major oil company. If a project makes economic sense, then the private sector will find a way to fund it, and if it does not, then I do not want to see my tax dollars wasted on it.


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