Corporate Welfare

OR Governor Wants To Double Movie Subsidies

Why should Hollywood pay its own bills?


PORTLAND – The producers of shows including "Grimm" and "Portlandia" get tax rebates for filming in the Beaver State – a benefit more TV shows or commercials could enjoy if Gov. John Kitzhaber gets his way.

Kitzhaber wants to double the film incentives Oregon doles out, from $6 million to $12 million a year. Proponents say it will bring more filming to Oregon and thus more jobs. But critics argue it's just more of your money in Hollywood's pocket that could go to other needs in the state.

The incentive program already doles out a hefty chunk of change, about $2.2 million to "Grimm" in August, for example, but officials say it's not enough and that the money to go around is running out.