I’m positively shocked that Governor Richardson has been a long time friend of the Hool brothers who are behind the Santa Fe Studios. The project, which I wrote about a few months ago, is being subsidized to the tune of $10 million by state taxpayers with taxpayers in Santa Fe County chipping in another $6 million. The whole thing stinks.
Of course, at the same time as he is pushing for additional subsidies for an already-subsidized industry, Richardson is pushing for tax hikes on the rest of us. The fact is that Richardson loves the film industry because he gets to control the money that is doled out and to whom. Then he takes credit for taxpayers’ generosity. Apparently he is not nearly as much of a fan of regular taxpayers spending their money as they see fit.