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Austin Considers Film Incentives
Localized subsidies proposed to fight off in-state competition
"...Texas has economic incentives to encourage film, TV and video game projects to..."

April 22, 2014 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Incentives and R-Rated Entertainment
Amid bigger scandals, lawmaker plays the movie morality card again
"...Are state incentives to private business moral? That's a complicated question, and..."

Jan. 21, 2015 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Film Incentives Pass House
Lawmakers unanimously approve Travis Co. bill: Author Dukes expects quick passage
"...bill, and it is House Bill 873, the film incentives," she said...."

March 25, 2009 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Giving City Hall the (Small) Business
Small Business Group raises some serious concerns about the city's finacial forecast – in between all the hand-wringing.
"...just too easy to poke fun at the Small Business Group. The pseudo-libertarians inveigh against needless government spending on..."

May 9, 2007 News Post by Wells Dunbar

Is That a Wrap for Incentives?
Amid economic woes and a race-baiting controversy, the future of TV, video game, and film funding in Texas looks shaky
"...ask lawmakers to put more money into job-saving production incentives?..."

Jan. 28, 2011 Screens Feature by Richard Whittaker

Linebarger, Oden Still Pushing for County Tax Business
But county officials say collections are very efficient
"...angling for a piece of the county's tax collection business says the numbers tell a different story. This is..."

Aug. 5, 2005 News Feature by Amy Smith

The Small-Business Amendment
Why I'm going to vote for Prop. 2 (even though we endorsed against it)
"...Name 10 of your favorite local businesses in Austin – the places that make this town..."

Oct. 31, 2008 News Feature by Nick Barbaro

The Future May Finally Be Brightening for Texas Film Incentives
The sequel to film rebates?
"...The national scene for film, TV, and gaming incentives is undoubtedly in flux. According to the National Conference..."

Jan. 4, 2019 Screens Feature by Richard Whittaker

Council Weighs Film Incentives Deal
City looks to keep film and digital production inside city limits
"...on April 17, staff requested $250,000 from the Economic Incentives Reserve Fund for the first year. Austin Film Commission..."

April 25, 2014 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Council: Boom Times, Boom Incentives
City considers deals with Websense and Dropbox
"...a goose from the Texas Enterprise Fund – state incentives already promised, but contingent on local municipal support...."

Feb. 21, 2014 News Feature by Michael King

Point Austin: Instrumental Incentives
The National Instruments deal provides a model for economic development
" calculate indirect benefits/costs of the deal, e.g., secondary business and job creation generated by the company's expansion.)..."

March 8, 2013 News Column by Michael King

Council Notes: Incentives, Booze, and More
Not quite as exciting as mayoral race buzz, but today's agenda matters
"...the heir apparent in the eyes of many Austin business leaders and philanthropic movers and shakers. (See "Mayoral Dance..."

Jan. 31, 2014 News Feature by Amy Smith

The Business of Pride
AGLCC's Jimmy Flannigan ponders the pitfalls of a complacent gay place
"...Many gay business owners, for example, associate AGLCC with charity. Many feel:..."

June 5, 2009 Features Feature by Kate X Messer

Texas Biodiesel Industry Talks Big Business in Austin
Conference and Expo drift: Those who have raised biodiesel industry out of infancy seeking sustained growth
"...and co-founder of local startup Austin Biofuels, favors state incentives for oil crop production, "making it worth people's while..."

Sept. 14, 2007 News Feature by Daniel Mottola

Movies or Medicaid: A False Choice at the Texas Legislature
Another tug o’ war over funding for Texas’ film, TV, and gaming industry rebate program
"...million for job creation and promotion in Texas (aka business incentives). That total specifically set aside $50 million for..."

April 12, 2019 Screens Feature by Richard Whittaker

Abandoning the Nest
Hurt by the state's inadequate incentives program, Texas film crews take flight
"...States like neighboring New Mexico and Louisiana offer heftier incentives to entice Hollywood to come a-calling...."

May 23, 2008 Screens Feature by Joe O'Connell

Money for Nothing
The Texas record on "enterprise funds" is even worse than meets the eye
" the state of "government accountability"? A place where businesses know they compete on a level playing field? Where..."

Oct. 31, 2014 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Point Austin: Amazon in Austin’s Pocket
A business model built on public subsidies shouldn’t have its hand out
"..."I still not have heard any conversations about offering incentives," Adler told reporters, and reiterated his plaintive hope that..."

Jan. 26, 2018 News Column by Michael King

Deconstructing Downtown
The Economy Sneezes -- and Austin's Central Business District Catches a Cold
"...City Council's blessing, to grant tax breaks and other incentives (worth $15.1 million in Intel's case) to lure major..."

April 20, 2001 News Feature by Amy Smith

Giving incentives a bad name
"...would receive subsidy payments for initiating the project. The incentives were capped at $25 million at 2003 values: Inflation..."

Sept. 28, 2007 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Retooling the Austin Machine
" and recommendations for revving up Austin's once-hot, now-not business climate. (As former Indianapolis Mayor Bill Hudnut, now a..."

Nov. 29, 2002 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Five Good Reasons Las Manitas Deserves a City Loan
Exploding some of the myths regarding the city's loan to the Downtown restaurant.
" program that could help preserve numerous locally owned businesses, will allow Las Manitas’ owners to retrofit another building..."

June 6, 2007 News Post by Katherine Gregor

Then There's This: Preferential Treatment
Schwab wins incentives from county – when do we say 'time out'?
"...come before the county. Things like granting economic development incentives to companies wanting to expand or relocate here, for..."

Aug. 8, 2014 News Column by Amy Smith

Lege Lines: Film Incentive Program Funding Uncertain, Anti-Choice Buffoonery, and More
Lege considers film incentive program funding and anti-choice antics take hold
"...there's always a question about whether government should give business incentives, but this time around there's a new debate:..."

March 20, 2015 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

American Crime Going Back to Cali
TV show departs Austin over incentives
"...California for season 3, and it looks like production incentives are the culprit...."

June 22, 2016 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Then There's This: Hotel Hypocrite
Developer wants to cancel wage agreement but keep incentives
"...need a poster child for reforming the city's economic incentives policy, they need look no further than White Lodging..."

March 8, 2013 News Column by Amy Smith

Lege Lines: Don’t Blame the Death Worm
The Texas House wants to kill off "film incentives"
"...Hyperconservatives like Matt Shaheen hate incentives. During last week's House discussion of Senate Bill 1,..."

April 14, 2017 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Place 3
"...Background: Small business owner (Computer Moms franchise) with degrees from Texas A&M..."

April 22, 2005 News Feature

Housing Blueprint Strategery
City Council works Merck, Housing Plan, Austin Oaks PUD
"...The City of Austin now has a proposed incentives agreement with Merck & Co., a Strategic Housing Blueprint,..."

April 17, 2017 News Post by Michael King

Let Them Eat Cake
The Return of Tax Giveaways
"...abatements for behemoth companies mean that citizens and small businesses will end up paying an unfair portion of the..."

May 5, 1995 News Feature by Alex de Marban

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