Jay Miller: Film industry revisited

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By Jay Miller

Republicans and the Hollywood crowd seldom seem to be a very good match. 

Good reasons exist for this standoff. With a few notable exceptions, Hollywood types are more liberal in their thinking than most Republicans, especially on social issues. 

Family values are another place the two part company. Certainly not all Republicans behave themselves, but as a whole, their expectations are much higher.

And when it comes to money, Hollywood has been much more generous to the last two Democratic presidents than it has to Republicans.

But why, when a filmmaker wants to film in a New Mexico community is there so often resistance?  

They bring jobs. They buy in the community. They’re not that seedy, are they?

And why, when a movie claims the 25 percent tax rebate, does the governor charge that the money is coming from children’s education?

New Mexico needs jobs. We’re in bad fiscal shape but does the 25 percent rebate further bust our budget? 

Other red states, such as Louisiana and Georgia, rebate even more and think they’re getting a good deal.

So is it just New Mexico Republicans that don’t like Hollywood? 

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