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Posted by on August 17, 2012

Oil & Gas exempt?

$1.5 billion in state subsidies and tax breaks are doled out to other industries, yet the Governor’s cross hairs remain firmly fixed on New Mexico Film.

In the ongoing vilification of the Film Industry, opponents say, “the state can’t balance the budget if it doesn’t know what it’s going to be paying out to Hollywood.”

So while film is continually labeled as a drain on the state, big corporations pay less in state taxes than the truly oppressed New Mexican Small Business Owner, oil and gas are subsidised without scrutiny, and a little digging into special interest groups (i.e. campaign contributors), may yield some insight into what else gets special attention and consideration.

Ask the Governor, “WHY NO OIL & GAS CAP?”

Meanwhile here’s the KRQE report, featuring both sides of this ongoing saga that is, The State vs. Film:

Push to undo film cap on TV series

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Comments (1)

  • Governor Martinez also makes the requirement that the Film Industry employ a certain (and high) percentage of New Mexicans. Fair enough; that’s a good thing in spirit.

    However, that same requirement to employ New Mexicans in the Oil and Gas Industries (where the real money and subsidies exist) does not apply. Her wealthy Oil and Gas friends can take their monies and subsidies and employ whomever they please.

    Additionally, let’s not forget that Governor Martinez hired a Texas agency to create the advertising campaign for tourism in New Mexico. In other words, a native Texan sending New Mexico money to Texas.

    It is obvious that Governor Martinez aims to kill former Governor Richardson’s most successful and most visible programs.

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