Hotel taxes for film incentives? Why I support this flawed idea, Commentary

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On any given day, the state of Georgia is chock full of movie stars and big-budget film productions.

Iron Man and Thor battle in downtown Atlanta. The “Walking Dead” zombies roam through the suburb of Senoia. And the “Stranger Things” teens shoot scenes in a mall off Interstate 85.

Collectively, the Peach State attracted 455 productions that spent a total of $2.7 billion last year.

Meanwhile in Florida, local officials celebrated Home Depot’s decision to shoot a commercial near Tampa.

Yay, plywood.

Most of Florida’s big entertainment and production jobs fled north of the St. Marys River after the state ended its film incentives program in 2015. And many industry and economic-development types are sick of it.

That’s why Orlando Democrat Linda Stewart has filed Senate Bill 726 to allow counties to spend a portion of their existing hotel taxes on film incentives.

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