• Attempt to cut film tax credit from tax-reform bill fails

    The House passed a franchise tax cut and expanded film grants despite an attempt to shoot down the expansion of film grants.  Rep. Larry Pittman, R-Cabarrus, tried to strip the film tax credits from Senate Bill 578. In the spirit of Halloween, he likened them…

  • Film tax credit provision kills proposed franchise tax cut

    A corporate tax cut expected to pass at the end of the General Assembly’s session surprisingly wound up on the cutting room floor. The House Finance Committee killed a franchise tax reduction bill Wednesday, Oct. 30, even though Republicans, who hold…

  • JLF’s Joseph Coletti pans plan to expand N.C. film tax credits

    Joseph Coletti, John Locke Foundation fiscal policy analyst, explains that a proposal to expand North Carolina’s film tax credit would drain more taxpayer dollars from state government. He discusses the issue in further detail in the Spotlight report, Not the Best of Both Worlds: Tax credit will not…

  • N.C. film advocates’ ideal film incentive program a shocking mess

    In 2018 Time, declared Georgia “the Hollywood of the South.” By then, Georgia had developed the largest film incentive program in the entire United States. “Hollywood East,” North Carolina, was already the site of many memorable films before the 2000s, the golden age of state film incentives.

  • Bipartisan House group seeks to revive tax credits for filmmakers

    How are North Carolina lawmakers different from movie directors? They find it hard to say “cut,” especially when giving Hollywood producers taxpayer subsidies to make films here. A bipartisan group of state representatives filed House Bill 751, resurrecting a 25 percent…

  • Georgia’s movie miracle relies on special effects and spurious assumptions

    Time Magazine’s Aug. 6 special issue focuses on the American South. One of the articles is about Georgia’s film production incentives, entitled “How Georgia Became the Hollywood of the South.” The Twitter account G.H. Davey asked me about it. “Having seen some of you criticism re film incentives in…

  • Many fights, few wins in Cooper’s first legislative session

    When Roy Cooper was elected governor of North Carolina, he faced an uphill battle to fulfill any of his campaign promises. Republicans held a supermajority in the General Assembly, essentially taking away Cooper’s veto power — his main form of leverage. Then in a special session before Cooper was inaugurated, legislators passed several measures further limiting Cooper’s power. They removed the governor’s ability…

  • Millis: Cooper choosing Hamilton is ‘par for the course’

    RALEIGH — Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s selection of Rep. Susi Hamilton as secretary of natural and cultural resources is emblematic of the philosophical contrast between Cooper and the GOP legislative majority, state Rep. Chris Millis said. “It’s par for the course for a Cooper appointment to…

  • Incumbent McCrory Touts Record As He Seeks GOP Nomination – UPDATED

    Editor’s note: Please see update at the end of this report. Gov. Pat McCrory is proclaiming the success of the tax cuts and job creation he calls the Carolina Comeback as reasons voters should award him a second term, along with a willingness to fight political opponents and even his…