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March 15, 2014 - 3:35 pm
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It appears that some one percenters actually don’t like the idea of raising taxes. This is especially true in the vital and strategically important industry of filmmaking.

Or maybe it isn’t. I mean, it’s not like our national security is at risk if they make a film in Louisiana rather than California, right? Except don’t tell Hollywood movers and shakers that. They are so full of self-importance that they don’t care how hypocritical they look by lobbying the state for tax breaks for their industry while they support tax increases on almost everyone else.

On Saturday, the industry joined with small businesses who thrive off movie and TV shows at a rally to urge state lawmakers to cut them some slack on taxes — for the children, of course.

The Daily Caller reports:

While many of the once alive and active Hollywood studios have become vacant, film production in states with generous tax credits has been booming.

Louisiana is just one example of this phenomenon. The year before it enacted its tax credit (2002), production spending in Louisiana was only $3.5 million. By 2010, that figure had jumped to $674 million, making for a 19,000-percent increase.

Georgia, Texas, and New York, among others, have also lured film production to their cities by establishing expansive tax credits.

Recognizing the dramatic impact California’s onerous operating costs have had on the industry, parties typically associated with encouraging tax increases are now petitioning for California to demand less of the entertainment sector and become more competitive.

Warner Bros, FilmLA, the city and county of Los Angeles and the national labor union representing working actors are just a few of the traditionally left-wing entities that have formally voiced their support of lowering taxes on film makers.

Many businesses and organizations that are not even directly involved with production have been touched by the decline in the industry.

Ray Bidenost, principal of Chef Robért Catering, also has serious concerns about the outflow of capital and jobs.

“In this slow-growth economy, the state of California cannot afford to stand by while literally billions of dollars flow to other regions of the country, or overseas,” he said in a statement.

Bidenost added that lawmakers needed to make California more competitive to ensure that “the movie and TV industry, which is an integral part of the California economy, returns and flourishes here — so that we can continue to provide good-paying jobs for thousands of Californians and their families.”

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I hide my wallet whenever I hear somone invoke the need to do something like this for "families" or "the chilllllllllllllllldrennnnnnnnnnn".
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I hope they get their taxes doubled under this administration.
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Maybe, just maybe SAG/AFTRA and the other unions need to be more competitive with non-union workers in the other states where Hollywood goes to make films with non-union workers.
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"... for the children".

Yup. For THEIR children. Screw yours.
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LA used to have a lot of aerospace. Not just large companies but small subcontractors -- machine shops and plating companies that provide good jobs in blue collar communities like Southgate, Bell, Bell Gardens, Huntington Park, Cudahy, and Maywood. The descendants of the Oakies and Mexicans worked there. But you heard not a peep when these jobs left. Likewise the furniture industry. LA used to have a huge furniture business until the environmental lunatics pushed them out.
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Will they ever make the connection that high taxes hurt all businesses that sell their product substantially out of state? This is what makes a thriving local economy - businesses that make things and sell them elsewhere. Not everyone chasing the same $20 bill around town - which is what you get when the state government taxes one person and gives it to another. Economic illiteracy is the hallmark and scourge of our political elite and their Hollywood enablers. However, there is a certain level of schadenfreude that you get from watching them squirm and struggle to explain why they need relief but no one else does.
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I hide my wallet whenever I hear somone invoke the need to do something like this for "families" or "the chilllllllllllllllldrennnnnnnnnnn".
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and how about the outsourcing. Reported that Dreamworks in planning its' new studio in China, with Chinese labor building the studio and chinese labor manning the studio.

But these hollywood moguls are the ones that supported b.O. and the tax plans and harm to businesses, as they have enough to take their product out of the country to escape the repressive government that is hitting so many others.
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And enough personal wealth that they won't be hurt by higher taxes and the tanking of the domestic economy.
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This is true of all rich Progs.
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If anything Hollyweird should have a big tax surcharge placed on them for contributing so much to the increased ignorance and sheepledom of the nation.
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Tax cuts for crap production.
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