Globe flip flops on film tax credit
The Boston Globe editorial page executed a Romneyesque flip-flop on the state’s film tax credit this week.
Five years ago, the Globe published a rousing editorial opposing a bid by then-Gov. Deval Patrick to cap outlays for the film tax credit. “There should be no question about the value of the film industry to Massachusetts,” the editorial said, noting that movies shot in the Bay State have the capacity to be good-will ambassadors for the state, attracting businesses, conventioneers, and tourists.
“The people of the Bay State are justly proud of their image,” the 2010 editorial said. “The film credit conveys that image to the world. It gives Boston, in particular, the world-class status it needs and deserves. The film credit has been a success and deserves to continue without a cap. It is plainly worth the money.”
But this week the Globe editorial page did an about-face. The newspaper cited some of the research on the film tax credit it ignored in 2010 and took the position that Boston’s emerging film image isn’t so attractive.
One might say the Globe’s thinking on the film tax credit has evolved, just as House Speaker Robert DeLeo’s thinking evolved on the need for term limits for people in his position. But the truth is the Globe itself changed. In 2010, the editorial page was run by Peter Canellos and the paper was owned by the New York Times. Today the page is run by Ellen Clegg and the newspaper is owned by John Henry. New owner, new ideas.
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