Taking a Look at New Mexico's Film Subsidies!

New Mexico Economy in Search of Leadership

The year 2012 was a tough one for New Mexico’s economy. Without going through the litany of evidence, our state was the only Western state to be found on United Van Lines’ list of “top-outbound” states. And, while the US as a whole grew by an anemic 2.2% during the...

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Discussing Film Incentives on New Mexico “In Focus”

Rio Grande Foundation president Paul Gessing appeared on "In Focus" on Friday night to discuss New Mexico's film subsidies. Mr. Walpole unfortunately got away with a fib at the very end of the interview. We do indeed know exactly how much other tax incentives are...

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Union Pacific, Film Industry Deals Very Different

The state of New Mexico and southern New Mexico in particular, face a great opportunity. One of America's great railroads, Union Pacific, is hoping to build a $400 million railroad hub in Santa Teresa. While there would be a few, relatively minor, tax incentives given...

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Film Debate Video Online

The film debate last night (the 11th) was a huge success and unfortunately many who showed up could not get into it. The good news is that full footage of the debate is now available online. Thanks to Kevin McDonald and the folks at KNME Channel 5 for the video!...

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Our Take on the Film Industry’s Subsidies

This evening, at 4pm, the Rio Grande Foundation is co-hosting a debate on the film industry’s subsidies with the newly-formed New Mexico Motion Picture Association. While the debate will involve four legislators, I felt that it was important for us to put out our own...

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Film Subsidy Debate: You’re Invited!

The Rio Grande Foundation is co-sponsoring a free legislative debate over the film subsidies currently offered by the state. The debate is Tuesday and more information can be found here. Please let us know you’re coming by reserving a seat at...

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Film Industry Study Has Many Holes

Over the past year, several studies have been produced on New Mexico’s heavily-subsidized film industry. Taken together, these studies show that New Mexico’s film industry is an economic loser for taxpayers. The first report was produced at the behest of the...

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