My research on taxes, economic development, and public sector pensions has been highlighted by several news organizations. Links to stories and other features published in the past few years are included below.


“No Hollywood Ending for the Visual-Effects Industry.” Freakonomics Radio | Link

“Are Film Subsidies a Good Deal for California Taxpayers?” Pacific Research Institute | Link

Other Media | 2019

“Even After Amazon, Lawmakers Won’t Touch NY’s $6.5 Billion (And Counting) Film Subsidy Program.” Gothamist | Link

“Colorado Budget Committee Nixes Request for More Film Incentive Money.” The Center Square | Link

“Possible Soda Tax Returns for Statewide Discussion.” Santa Monica Daily Press | Link

“City Proposal to Create Film Incentive Program Collapses.” Las Cruces Sun-News | Link

“Supporters of Controversial Mass. Film Tax Credit Aim to Make It Permanent.” Boston Globe | Link

“We’ll Skip This Movie: Hollywood Tax Incentives Too Scary.” New Hampshire Union Leader | Link

Other Media | 2018

“Anaheim Passes a Minimum Wage Measure Targeting Disneyland.” LAist/KPCC | Link

“Disney Wants a Company-Friendly City Council, and They’re Spending Big to Make it Happen.” LAist/KPCC | Link

“Is Disneyland Exempt from Anaheim’s ‘Living Wage’ Ballot Measure? The Debate Rages.” Los Angeles Times | Link

“Inside Wellywood: How NZ Taxpayers Forked Out $575 Million for Hollywood to Film Here.” New Zealand Herald | Link

“Are Utah Film Subsidies a Flop?” Deseret News | Link

“New York State Spends $1.4 Million on an Old Movie Theater to Create 6 Jobs.” | Link

“Stop Spending on Economic Development Waste.” Star-Gazette (New York) | Link

“The Cynthia Nixon Plan Miranda Hobbes Would Hate.” The Nation | Link

“Film Credit Clears Committees.” Los Angeles Business Journal | Link Unavailable

Other Media | 2017

“Pensions Pinch City Pocketbook.” Laguna Beach Independent | Link

“Economists: Film Tax Incentives Are to States as ‘Paul Blart: Mall Cop’ is to Movies.” Nevada Independent | Link

“When Will States Get Smart and Stop Subsidizing Movies?” Los Angeles Times | Link

“Show Me the Taxpayers’ Money.” City Journal | Link

“Is Disney Paying Its Fair Share in Anaheim? The Money Battle Outside the Happiest Place on Earth.” Los Angeles Times | Link

“New York is Throwing Money at Film Shoots, But Who Benefits?” The Village Voice | Link

“Kentucky Awards $5 Million a Month to Low-Budget Films. What Do We Get in Return?” Lexington Herald-Ledger | Link

“A 13.5-mile Tunnel Will Make or Break California’s Bullet Train.” Los Angeles Times | Link

“Is a Hollywood Tax Credit Still Needed to Protect Industry Jobs?” KQED Radio | Link

“Battle for the Stars: How States Use Your Money to Lure Hollywood.” USA Today | Link

“State Film Subsidies are Real Losers.” Richmond Times-Dispatch | Link

“Out of Tune Tax Policy: States Shouldn’t Offer Tax Breaks to the Music Industry.” US News & World Report | Link

“‘Looking at You, Kid’: Tax Credits for Movies, TV in Focus.” Bloomberg | Link

Other Media | 2016

“Disney Got a Big Government Grant to Make a ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Film in Queensland, Australia, but Nobody Will Say How Much.” Los Angeles Times | Link

“How a Backroom Deal Helped Portland Dodge Another Gentrification Controversy.” The Oregonian | Link

“Talks for Maricopa County to Sell Chase Field Stall, but New Appraisal of Value Possible.” The Arizona Republic | Link

“MPAA Chafed by USC Studies Critical of Film and TV Tax Incentives.” The Hollywood Reporter | Link

“Film Tax Credits Are a Giant Waste of Money, Study Finds.” Variety | Link

“Tax Breaks for Hollywood Moguls Are a Waste of Your Money, USC Studies Say.” LA Weekly | Link

“New York Spends Biggest on Film Tax Breaks.” Democrat & Chronicle | Link

“Researcher: Arizona Wise Not to Subsidize Film Industry.” Arizona Republic | Link

“Fayetteville Mulls Corporate Welfare for TV Show. Worth It?” Arkansas Times | Link

“MPAA Slams USC’s Film Tax Credit Study.” LA Daily News | Link

“MPAA Blasts USC Over Film Tax Credit Report.” Los Angeles Times | Link

“New York Lawmakers Approve Extension of State’s Film Tax Credit.” Budget & Tax News | Link