You’re Getting Joysticked

Hold on to your wallets, the governor and Legislature are taking aim at your wallet with a little video game waste. Unfortunately, this isn’t the virtual variety but the real-world deal. Texas Gov. Rick Perry wants lawmakers to give video game manufacturers boatloads of money to get them to design their games in the Lone Star State. This is corporate welfare at its worst. This is a $9-plus billion industry that is referred to as “recession-proof.” They don’t need your money.

Texas taxpayers already subsidize the industry to the tune of $250,000 per game made here. According to the Austin American Statesman, Perry said at a video game convention this week that he wants to up that subsidy.

This is one barrel taxpayers should definitely jump.

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Michael Quinn Sullivan

Michael is the CEO of Empower Texans. A graduate of Texas A&M, former newspaper reporter, one-time Capitol Hill staffer, think tank vice president, and an Eagle Scout, Sullivan is married with three children. He divides his time between the Metroplex, the rest of Texas, and Austin.

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