More than a year before Friday’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” was scheduled to hit theaters, a Michigan lobbyist backed by the billionaire Koch brothers was already giving the superhero epic a bad review.
The main objection of Annie Patnaude, deputy state director for the Michigan office of Americans for Prosperity, was the $35 million in tax credits given to the movie for filming in the state. “It’s Batman versus Superman, versus road repairs, income-tax relief or any number of other priorities for Michigan families and businesses,” said Ms. Patnaude. About four months later, state legislators killed the tax-credit program.
It was another victory for Americans for Prosperity, the free-market political-advocacy group backed by conservative billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch. The industrialists’ network of Americans for Prosperity staff and supporters across the country are keeping busy, taking aim at the film tax credits that have revamped how Hollywood does business.
This is an odd policy position for the so-called libertarian brothers to be focusing on.
For sure, governments shouldn't be picking favorite industries via tax credits or anything else. On the other hand, a tax credit is a tax cut and there is nothing wrong with tax cuts. Thus, film tax credits are a mixed bag, not all good, but not all bad.
You would think the brothers would focus resources on tax cuts for all of us rather than bitching about the film industry cuts.