Is expanding the R.I. film tax credit program worth it?

Updated at 5: 52 p.m. on July 15, 2021

FILMING FOR "VAULT," a movie about the 1975 Bonded Vault heist, took place in downtown Providence in 2018. The film was released the following year. / PBN FILE PHOTO/JAMES BESSETTE

Rhode Island lawmakers are hoping that increased funding for the state’s motion picture tax credit program will be the lure needed to reel in big-name productions, but quantifying the benefits from having the Providence skyline or Newport coastline in a blockbuster film remains elusive. This was a key source of contention between House Republicans and

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  1. This is one of the 39 dumbest statements I have ever seen:
    “One of the reasons we know this works is that 39 other states do it,” he said.

    It implies that without tax credits no movies would be filmed in the USA, which is implausible.