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House of tax incentives [Editorial]

House of tax incentives [Editorial]

From afar, the recent dramatics involving "House of Cards" and the size of the film tax credit it receives from Maryland have offered intrigue worthy of a Hollywood-produced political thriller like, oh, "House of Cards." The producers threatened to leave, some legislators threatened to seize property, and when the dust cleared in Annapolis, the overall budget for the film tax credit stood at $3.5 million less than supporters wanted.

Now that a deal has been struck for the popular Netflix TV series to return to shoot a third season in Maryland, the episode has raised an important question: Is spending so much money to attract or retain film or television...