Harvey Weinstein wants more tax breaks
Harvey Weinstein, appearing at the UCLA Entertainment Symposium in interview with Ken Ziffren, Los Angeles’ newly appointed film czar, called for California to expand its production tax incentives.
Taxes, as Leona Helmsley once put it, “are for the little people.” That certainly seems to be the operating philosophy of Hollywood mogul and Democrat moneybags Harvey Weinstein. Speaking at California taxpayer-subsidized UCLA, he asked for California taxpayers to subsidize his business. Ted Johnson of Variety reports:
“There’s no reason for us not to shoot here, except when you do the numbers here and when you do the numbers in New Orleans, it is much more attractive financially,” Weinstein said in the Q&A on Saturday.
He cited the example of “Southpaw,” directed by Antoine Fuqua and starring Jake Gyllenhaal, as project that could have shot in Los Angeles were it not for the generous tax incentives in the Big Easy.
But Weinstein said that Los Angeles and California “doesn’t even have to give the same discount” to remain competitive, noting the cost and hassle of having to locate actors and other talent in New Orleans is an added expense despite their generous tax incentives.
“Please, whatever you can go with the governor,” Weinstein said to Ziffren, a friend of California Gov. Jerry Brown. Brown has not said whether he would sign proposed legislation to expand the state’s incentive program.
But what about the children, Harvey? They need your tax money. And there are still millions more in Mexico and Cental America who need to come to California for free medical care and schooling, and EBT cards and all the rest.
Well, if he had any shame, he wouldn’t be a liberal or a big Hillary Clinton supporter.