Tax Breaks for film and TV productions

At a time when the state posts annual deficits and is trying to boost the upstate economy through tax-free zones and other incentives, New York has become a national leader in tax breaks for the film industry. Records obtained by Gannett's Albany Bureau from the state's Empire State Development Corp. shows that more than $1.5 billion has been doled out to production companies since 2006. New York has drawn criticism for targeting an industry that has a debatable long-term impact: When the films leave, so often do the jobs. The table below shows the amount of breaks given from 2006 through April 2013 and the studios that received them. Click here for a list of specific films and shows that benefited.
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