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.