Trust Utah to be late on a trend - this time, the trend is states cutting back on or eliminating tax incentives for film and TV production.
In March, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert signed a law that would raise the Motion Picture Incentive in Utah from 20 percent to 25 percent. The move was made to lure more productions to Utah, which was losing big movies (like "True Grit" and "Cowboys & Aliens") to neighboring New Mexico. (Utah does land its share of films, from the Oscar-nominated "127 Hours" to the Mormon pioneer drama "17 Miracles," pictured.)
Now, though, several states are cutting out funding for such incentives. According to the Tax Foundation (which bills itself as "a nonpartisan tax research group" in Washington, D.C.), eight states either suspended their programs or cut the funding to zero, while another nine (including New Mexico) are either reducing their programs or are thinking about doing so.