Texas lawmaker doesn’t approve of video games
The Texas Moving Image Industry Incentive Program (TMIIIP) was created as a way to draw the production of film, TV and video game projects to The Lone Star State. It gives investment rebates to the projects and has, over a ten-year period, drawn more than $1.4 billion in production spending to the state. However, despite the success, one particular lawmaker wants to get rid of the incentives over an absurdly ridiculous reason.
Representative Matt Shaheen asserts that the program isn’t needed and argues that the “allegations of rampant sexual abuse” by Harvey Weinstein and other Hollywood figures is enough to warrant the dismantling of the TMIIIP. If every program were to be abolished just for the actions of a few “bad hombres,” no program would still be in existence today.
In addition to the amount of money attracted to Texas through the program, there have also been 153,000 production jobs created over the same ten years. This is a significant amount of income to any economy, even one as strong as that of Texas. However, there could be an even larger amount except for the actions of people like Shaheen. As the director of communications for the Texas Motion Picture Alliance, Mindy Raymond, told a local news outlet, “The landscape over the last few years has been decent. We feel that there could be a lot more [productions]. People want to come to Texas. We have some of the most diverse locations of any state.”
This isn’t the first time that Shaheen has attempted to squash the program. He drafted similar legislation during the last session, but his efforts fell on deaf ears. Obviously with nothing better to do, he is trying to revitalize his animosity. Despite his disdain, however, he should, once again, find out that he’s only among the minority.