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 $472 million has been doled out to production companies since 2011. 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 2011 through April 2013 and the studios that received them.
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