aae1049 gave exactly no facts about the program, only tea party rhetoric. Do you know anything about this issue, or is it all black and white to you?
1. The previous administration made mistakes in oversight of the incentives available.
2. The sitting Director of the Film, Entertainment & Music Commission along with the leadership of Economic & Community Development have resolved those issues by eliminating the incentive offered by the Department of Revenue and revamping guidelines for use of incentive funds overseen by the Commission and ECD.
3. Elimination of the film commission would only be harmful to an already beleaguered industry and to those in the administration who have worked hard to make the appropriate corrections.
The audit was very lengthy and difficult to grasp if you don't understand the methodology for distribution of incentive funds, so reporters are grabbing what they believe are the salient points. Since incentives are a VERY complex topic, I have found over the years that most reporters don't get it right even if you explain it as best you can.
Drew, it's obvious by your article that you are very much negative on incentives to begin with and so prejudiced that you did not even do your investigatory homework, so shame on you and your inflammatory rhetoric, intended to be clever. As a member of the Film Community based here in Nashville and Tennessee,and making a living in that industry, along with hundreds of others just here in Nashville, I really wish you had dug deeper into this story and to find out the facts-- You don’t even mention how many people are being employed in these endeavors all across the economical spectrum, not just solely in the entertainment/production field. I urge you to visit the set of Nashville for instance and see how money just on that one show flows in and out of our community. And there have been buildings bought and film stages constructed just on this one production within the 6 months.
One very obvious flaw in your editorial is the little buried fact that in the audit report were statements included by the Dept of Economic & Community Development (ECD) and Dept of Revenue that any issues had been addressed in a new film incentive program that took effect in 2012 and that the incentive programs addressed in the audit were shelved LAST JULY. Plus, it looks like you have absolutely no knowledge, nor do you want to know, about how the finance money flows from California companies (or other places) and here and then back for accounting purposes. Frankly, this story seems designed to rile tax payers up, but then you knew that. There may be forces at work in Tennessee that do not want a film incentive program here, and I guess that you are right up at the head of the pack. You will find a lot of push back from this and all the facts will come out.
Please try to use investigatory skills to write a more complete and accurate assessment of the situation instead of just sounding like a Glenn Beck clone. And I'm sorry, but I can't be respectful of such a disrespectful editorial.
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