by Leslie Brokaw
Boston Sunday Globe
September 14, 2008
Public opinion is tilting strongly toward the initiatives of the Massachusetts Film Office to bring more filmmaking to the state: Almost two thirds of state voters polled last month say the tax credits for production companies are a good thing.
Here is the exact wording of the question: “A recent tax credit for movie companies has resulted in 14 movies made in Massachusetts in the past 12 months. Proponents say the tax credit is good because it brings added jobs and new money into the state. Opponents say that a tax credit for movie companies is bad policy because it costs the state more than it is worth, given other state programs that need revenue. Which is closer to your view?”
Sixty-three percent said the credits are good, 22 percent said they’re bad, and 15 percent were undecided.
The question was put to 400 registered voters statewide by 7NEWS/Suffolk University.