Taxes and Incentives
Most Rhode Islanders are likely ambivalent about their state’s status as background scenery for Hollywood movies. Yeah, it’s neat to see familiar places on the big screen, as well as to spot famous people around town, but it remains a novelty, not a matter of economic import or civic identity. Still, this strikes me as a fitting allegory:
A year after lawmakers voted to cap the controversial movie and TV tax-credit program, Rhode Island Film & Television Office Director Steven Feinberg acknowledges it has been “a challenge” to continue to attract movies and other productions to the state.
Forget the historic charm and seaside vistas: without the tax breaks, Rhode Island loses a little of its luster.
One suspects that a similar dynamic exists with that much lauded “quality of life” by which certain players attempt to distract from the fact that scenery is of mere mild comfort when one can’t pay the bills.