The timing of Michelle Lujan Grisham’s “roundtable discussion” about her “plans to ensure New Mexico can continue to attract investment from television and film productions” isn’t great. “Longmire” has wrapped for good. NBC has canceled “The Night Shift.” “Midnight, Texas” might not get a second season. Neither a critical nor an audience favorite, “The Brave” is on thin ice. And “Thor: Ragnorak” is the 11th Marvel Cinematic Universe production in a row that’s skipped New Mexico. (Portions of “The Avengers” were filmed in Albuquerque in 2011.)
Then there’s Harvey Weinstein. New York legislator Linda Rosenthal (D-Manhattan) wants to “stop rewarding companies that turn a blind eye to sexual harassment,” and “plans to introduce legislation in the coming days that would require companies seeking tax credits to disclose any sexual harassment complaints or settlements over the past five years and the outcomes of those cases.” (Any New Mexico lawmakers interested in doing the same here?)
Rest assured, the people who benefit from the Land of Enchantment’s demonstrably disastrous subsidization of Hollywood will be on hand for Lujan Grisham’s event. Taxpayers won’t be represented, of course, and neither will objective analysts. (The Rio Grande Foundation hasn’t been asked to speak.) The gubernatorial wannabe knows that in New Mexico, the establishment is all in on film and television subsidies. Don’t confuse it with facts.