The Tax Foundation estimates that states spent almost $6 billion beteween 2000-2010 to attract the motion picture industry. The trends are eye catching. In 2000, four states offered incentives to film makers, worth about $3 million. By the beginning of 2010, those numbers rocketed to 40 states and almost $1.4 billion in subsidies, according to Tax Foundation estimates. During the year, three more states climbed on board, bringing the total number offering film production incentives in 2010 to 43, per a tally from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP).
Amidst tight budgets and mixed results, however, some states are reining in their efforts to court Hollywood.