Beneficiaries of government privilege are staging a rally to tell the world that they (surprise!) really want to continue receiving those state privileges.
Two groups that support the film industry in North Carolina will host a rally in Wilmington to garner support for the extension of the state’s film incentive program during this year’s legislative session. The N.C. Production Alliance and Wilmington Film Commission are hosting the second NC Film Rally on May 4 on the riverfront in downtown Wilmington. Speakers will include state lawmakers, Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo and “special guests” from the entertainment industry, according to a news release. A Production Alliance spokeswoman said actors from the TV series “Sleepy Hollow” and “Under the Dome” may attend and perhaps talent from other Wilmington-filmed shows.
The Alliance also issued a statement proclaiming the importance of the film incentives, because “So many local families depend upon film for steady work.” True. But there are a lot of families in communities across the state that depend on a lot of different industries for steady work. So why single out the film industry for state privilege?
Better yet, why not extend the “tax incentives” offered to the film industry to all businesses?