Thought it was worth linking the original piece that inspired Christopher's article. http://www.memphisflyer.com/memphis/music-…
I don't think this has anything to do with whether or not you like movies, or whether or not an incentive package should cover out-of-state salaries, etc. What it has to do with is the fact that MEMPHIS TAX PAYERS ARE ACTIVELY CONTRIBUTING TO A FUND THAT CONTINUES TO DENY THEM BENEFITS. So, basically Nashville is cheating us - and not just us, but the entire rest of the state. It's no surprise, but I'd sure like it to stop. It makes no sense that Memphis tax payers should continue to contribute to a growing film/entertainment market in Nashville when they receive no benefit from their contribution. Since the STATE is incentivizing Nashville-based productions, shouldn't the entire STATE benefit? If the TV show Nashville is doing wonders for their tourism market, perhaps Nashville should kick some of that income back to the state! Ha! In reality what I'd really like to see is something like what Christina discusses above - there's got to be some way to localize this whole thing. Nashville's never gonna have our back, so Memphis needs to find ways to look after itself!
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