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October 31, 2014

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New Mexico attracting TV, film industry

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(The Sun has gone on the road to listen to voters and talk to political leaders around the West. Reporters will examine the economic, cultural and demographic forces re-shaping the region as they drive to Denver for the first of the two major party conventions the Sun will cover.)

ALBUQUERQUE -- We're doing some reporting this week on how other states in the Intermountain West are trying to create vibrant, diverse and sustainable economies. New Mexico started a tax incentive program for the movie business, and it's working quite well, at least measured by the number of movies and TV shows being shot here. Economists are genearally leery of these programs, which are often just giveaways to big business, who wind up blackmailing everyone for more and more tax breaks. So we'll see if New Mexico is getting any bang for its buck, and whether Nevada could be doing more. (We certainly do a lot for two industries, but the question is, what can we do to draw others?)

We were on the set of "Easy Money," whose executive producers were writers on "The Sopranos." It will be on the CW in the fall. It stars Judge Reinhold. Hey, who remembers the scene in "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" when....oh, this is a family newspaper, after all.

He was on the set briefly before getting in his BMW SUV.

The show's about a family that gets rich off a payday lending business, so it's quite relevant to Las Vegas. Will Speaker Buckley have it canceled?

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