Tell Your Georgia Representatives: Cut the Hollywood Tax Credits
Georgia taxpayers pay an average $250 per household in tax credits to Hollywood.
While Georgia’s film tax credit program has helped Hollywood cut production costs and ultimately increase their profitability on film projects, the Hollywood elite have consistently shown that they're more than happy to take Georgia’s money as long as Georgia’s politics don't conflict with their own liberal views.
Every year, Georgia taxpayers pay an average $250 per household in tax credits to the film industry. The program has grown from $89 million in 2009 to $801 million in 2018. Over the life of the program, Georgia taxpayers have paid $4 billion to the film industry.
In spite of the massive amount of spending, there is no process in place to evaluate the benefits of the program and economists warn that the state arrived at its economic impact estimates by relying on “dubious data” and methods “not grounded in any economic reasoning.”
In his study on the impact of Georgia’s film tax credits, Kennesaw State University economics professor John Bradbury concluded that the film industry’s impact has been “grossly overstated” and the state’s “return on investment appears to be quite small.”
Even worse, in recent years, numerous Hollywood actors, producers, and film studios have threatened to leave and boycott the state over the outcome of a gubernatorial election and several prominent legislative issues.
There has been an outcry against the program but legislators are now considering EXPANDING the program to sporting events. We cannot afford to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on this program while it lacks clear oversight or return on our investment as taxpayers.
Tell your legislators: don't expand the Georgia Film Credit program, CUT IT!
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We will deliver to the Georgia House and Senate and the Governor based on your street address.
As a voter and taxpayer of the state of Georgia, I was shocked to learn that after months of investigations and audits that found millions of dollars in government waste in the Georgia Film Tax Credit, the Georgia legislature is considering EXPANDING the broken program to other events, instead of cutting it.
Please do the right thing and cut this program once and for all. We cannot afford to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on this program while it lacks clear oversight or return on our investment as taxpayers.
Thank you for your consideration.
Sincerely, YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS