Is Cynthia Nixon biting the hand that once fed here? She may be a neophyte campaigner for New York State’s governorship, but her recent public announcements targeting the tax breaks given to film and TV production and post productions garnered support from right-leaning think tanks, not progressives.
Film professionals: Still think there’s nothing to worry about as Nixon goes up against a pro politician like Cuomo with $30 million to spend for his re-election? New York’s primaries, like many others around the nation, almost always get a fraction of the available electorate to turn out. If Nixon can create enough passion amongst her followers – she reached out to black women voters on her first sit-down interview on the syndicated Wendy Williams show – the primary could be a toss up.
While the amount of the state’s tax credits – currently at $420 million per year – are about parallel to that California now offers, Nixon states in Ed Kilgore’s New York Magazine article that “I don’t think there’s any real truth that that enormous expenditure of money is making a significant enough different in production to justify it.’’
Nixon added, in a statement to USA TODAY Network’s Albany Bureau, “That’s why we’ve got to improve the Film Production Tax Credit in a smart way that works for all working families, so that we’re protecting jobs of the New York-based crew instead of the lion’s share of tax credits going to the big movie companies in Los Angeles.”