Politicians in North Carolina claim they are pro-business, and the anti-tax groups rank the state highly for the business-friendly environment. All industries are not equal in the eyes of the current governor and legislature.
The offshore oil companies and the shale oil fracking companies have practically written the state codes for future oil exploration in North Carolina. However, the filming industry has been given the cold shoulder by the state commerce group whose new guidelines for obtaining filming tax credits had no input from the industry and essentially limit awards to groups that want to do documentaries about “economically distressed” areas (“ Interest in filming in N.C. is waning,” Nov. 28 news article).
Losing film industry projects adversely impacts hotels, caterers, local talent who serve as extras and transportation companies, to mention a few of the locally owned small business.
How many local companies will provide the unique labor skills needed for oil exploration, especially the construction of off-shore oil rigs? The film industry improves the area in which it works. The oil industry eventually leaves pollution in its wake.
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Why are politicians favoring one industry over the other? Perhaps the oil groups have more money to donate to the PACs that support the governor and legislators!