"The movie business is not staying in California," because they are "over-taxing them, over-regulating them, and I bet they're over-litigating them, as well," Governor Rick Perry (R-TX) said yesterday on The Laura Ingraham Show.
"The die has been cast," so the exodus is unstoppable, Perry said.
"It's going to take a monumental discovery that freedom is what people yearn for," Perry said on the show.
His point is well-taken:
- The Lord of the Rings was filmed in New Zealand to avoid taxes,
- The Hunger Games was filmed in Asheville, N.C.,
- Lincoln filmed in Virginia because of tax credits Spielberg received.
- The Netflix series House of Cards received tax credits in Maryland and has threatened to pull out of the state unless it continues to receive them,
- New Orleans, where 12 Years a Slave was filmed, is one city that has been very successful luring movie producers with a tax incentive package that entices movie producers to film there.
Perry continued on his radio interview with a warning for the GOP establishment:
"If you want to continue business as usual, if you want to continue to consolidate power in Washington D.C., I can assure you that, in some form or fashion, I'm going to get in your way. And I'm going to get in your way because I know that doesn't work. It may be good for your small clique to be able to dole out the benefits, or the money, or power, but that is not the future of this country."
One wonders exactly how the Texas governor will "get in the way" of the federal government - does he mean block them in Texas? Or is he contemplating another run for federal office?
Let's hope his attempts to stop D.C. from consolidating power go better than his performance during the Republican Presidential debate (where he failed to name the third federal department he wanted to eliminate).