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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Gov. Pat McCrory was in town today taking a tour of Wilmington Health. The governor toured the facility as a part of a larger Medicaid reform initiative.

We took the opportunity to ask the governor about the looming question over film incentives.

McCrory says he does not have the money in the budget for a one-year extension of the current incentives. Instead he says he’s pushing ahead with incentive reform.

“It will be a reform of the current system, which will ensure that we have more incentives for long-term infrastructure and long term production facilities as opposed to a very short-term return on investments,” McCrory said.

McCrory’s budget plan proposed a system that would allow a tax credit for productions, but put some of the burden on counties to give up their share of sales tax revenue.

Supporters of film incentives say a grant plan for film currently in the legislature would push film out of the state.

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21 Comments on "McCrory says no to extending current film incentive plan"

2015 years 10 months ago

Robbie Beck – you said recently that “Dale” who was MORE than “just” a film worker had a private meeting with the Guv to see if he’d stand by his comments made just to her
So did he stand by his word? Or not?
Of course I won’t get an answer and don’t expect one. Film supporters can’t answer simple math questions and neither can Prof Handfield apparently.
the film industry should be grateful for any little crumbs they can get from this Legislature……….


2015 years 10 months ago

thank you Gov McCrory for realizing that money doesn’t grow on trees and we don’t have the money to throw away, films are going to be made somewhere regardless of incentatives and all things created equal, they are going to be made here, and if not, good riddance, all they do is create traffic issues.

2015 years 10 months ago

He should have heeded his earlier advice today about not putting on “Stupid Hats” ;)

2015 years 10 months ago

This is straight from the Karl Rove school. Call them bribes for something you don’t like and call them incentives for something that you do. Medicaid is an albatross, give people false choices, and don’t let people think that the reason everything can’t be funded is loss of revenue due to tax breaks for the wealthy at the expense of the middle class whose taxes went up, but, rather that incentives to the film industry and medicaid are the root of all evil.
Welcome to the World of Art Pope and SC Thom is a paid representative.

2015 years 10 months ago

He and the House are on the same page regarding film production bribes.

There has to be a ceiling on the amount available; there has to be revenue available; and it has to be reviewed annually or every two years.

Effectively, it will be first come; first served.

Get the Medicaid albatross under control; and there would be more revenue available.

No legislator, in his or her right mind, will vote for more film incentives at the expense of teacher and state employee salary hikes. Simple matter of voter count.

By the way, a budget for the current fiscal year is still pending with Medicaid funding as the primary sticking point.

2015 years 10 months ago

You’ve been posting here for some time now. On multiple occasions others have provided you with the facts and figures of how the incentive program actually works. It’s not just that you don’t get it (and it’s really only basic economics), it’s that you totally refuse to even acknowledge what’s provided to you and keep repeating the same stupid senseless impossible drivel. It’s starting to look like you would argue against the existence of gravity if it suited your own personal purpose.

So here’s my question for you: Are you actually just a paid hack for the film industry who will just continue to try to put some ridiculous spin on all of this ad infinitum … or … are you really as clueless as you seem to be when it comes to simple basic economics.

2015 years 10 months ago

Does this intellectual giant amongst us not understand that the current incentive is a REBATE? The money does not come from the state’s budget–it’s a 25% return on goods and services purchased in NC. Each and every production is audited by the state’s accountants and then SEVENTY-FIVE PERCENT STAYS IN THE STATE’S COFFERS in the form of revenue, taxes, etc.

But go ahead and drive 4000+ families and good-paying jobs out of North Carolina. We won’t miss the film industry, just like the textile towns never dried up after the industry left, and just like the furniture manufacturing cities kept on being viable after that industry left the state. International competition drove them out. Our politicians are kicking out the film industry. It makes absolutely no sense other than being motivated by spite and possibly some nefarious deal with GOP political donors, the Cathy family and Pinewood Studio in Atlanta.

Political motivations trump economic prosperity with this morally vacuous and empty-headed pawn.

2015 years 10 months ago
2015 years 10 months ago

You’re seriously asking if the Republican nitwits who often and currently control North Carolina understand the value of such things as film incentives? Well, if they do, they don’t give a crap.

They’re much more interested in denying voters easy access to polling places and denying a woman the right to choose, well, just about anything.

And behind the scenes is NC’s version of the Walton’s of Walmart wealth. Who is it? Art Pope. Who is Art Pope? He’s the guy who owns Rose’s and Big Lots and Maxway. Think about it the next time you vote.

2015 years 10 months ago

Seriously who are the idiots that voted for this guy? My daughter has been earning her college money this way. I am a poor single parent and without this extra income we may have to go on welfare just to keep a roif over our heads. What a moron.

2015 years 10 months ago

It sounds like she would qualify for financial aid for college. Did she fill out a FAFSA?

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2015 years 10 months ago

But you see…the BIG Studio building they built a few years back at Screen Gems, is a perfect solution to a Convention Center Hotel! So all is not lost.
I bet your Mayor sAfFoH won’t be reached for comment…he left Wilmington to escape Hurricane Arthur that’s coming right up the Cape of Fear River.
Yes…North Carolina government is FULL of Stupid! Just Google it :-)
Getting rid of film in NC is only an excuse to raise taxes for lost revenue. The Gov has you covered ;-O

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2015 years 10 months ago

Was that Sally Fields standing next to him in the video???

Bobby Blue
2015 years 10 months ago

There seems to be so much disinformation out there. Any suggestions on where to find accurate info?


2015 years 10 months ago

Why do you have to be so obtuse to the fact that the tax cut your teabagging brothers rammed through at the expense to the middle class and the poor is the reason there are no funds available for alot of things. You have the ones that are paying the higher percentage of income in tax are not getting the benefits they should.
Their money is going to finance welfare for the rich.
For-profit schools getting public money, cutting medicaid so the wealthy can have more money, gerrymandering districts, sweetheart deals with Duke power, and conspiring to disenfranchise older people, poor people, and students from voting is the new norm.
Welcome to the world of Art Pope and SC Thom

2015 years 10 months ago

you really have trouble facing the reality of harsh numbers in the light of day.

What did you not understand? That politicians are going to be more influenced by the tens of thousands of voting teachers and state employees? OR, that all of the film incentive supporters can not even count and arrive at 1 number for the folks who might be impacted if incentives, as they have been known, do not continue.

For the record, I could not afford the pay cut required to be a paid representative.

Keep up the good work. The budget has not been set; you waste your breath attacking me personally rather than trying to sway the votes of a wavering politician.

Oh, I only use the H in my name on formal occassions when the proper spelling is Thomas.

2015 years 10 months ago

start with a single topic — incentives for film production.

When he can’nt prove everyone but he is incorrect, flood the table with other topics.

Gerrymandering — what does that have to do with the number of voting teachers and state employees versus the number of voting film industry supporters?

Cutting medicaid has everything to do with reducing the state’s debt. Why aren’t all of the Medicaid recipients signed up for Obamacare which grants coverage for pre-existing conditions?

Disenfranchising voters?? You must be deluded or drugged. No bill has been presented or signed which removes a person’s right to vote.

Classic case of a liberal clouding the issues when they can not support their position with facts.

2015 years 10 months ago

How thom doesn’t figure that gerrymandering influences everything is beside me. I guess he is just in denial, which calls for professional help.
Voting? He doesn’t have a clue what you mean. Just say “no” to anything a democrat wants to do to whether it is good for the country or not.
Thom is a shill for the republican party and you might as well listen to Rush’s lies as listen to Thom.

2015 years 10 months ago

you waste all that hot air; and like every other bribe seeking liberal, at the end of the day, you say nothing.

What is snart?

You’re right; I see no relationship between gerrymandering and the number of voting teachers and state employees versus the number of film supporter voters. Each of those categories is finite and defineable with the exception of film industry supporters which seems to change by the hour. Draw the districts any way you choose, the number of voters fremains constant.

And there you go changing the subject. You were the one who stated voting rights were being denied. You said it; not I. I questioned you on it; rather than try to wiggle your way past the question with smoke and mirrors, you change the subject. Again, what piece of legislation removed registered voters right to vote? Be specific if that is at all possible.

You are the quintessential liberal hack. If at first your lies don’t work, expand the specific topic to cloud the issue.

And again, your braying does nothing to support film industry incentives or build a case for their continuance.

Ken Wilson
2015 years 10 months ago

Bye Bye Film Biz……It’s been nice knowing you. It’s also been nice knowing my neighbors and friends that will be relocating to work. Bad call Gov.

2015 years 10 months ago

Just say no to re-election. Unfortunately, I voted for him last time.


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