Rubio Wanted To Create ‘Family-Friendly Hollywood’ In Florida

Presidential candidate and Miami native Marco Rubio once wanted to create a family-friendly film industry in Florida, according to the Daily Beast.

Rubio’s 2006 book, 100 Innovative Ideas for Florida’s Future, includes ‘IDEA 90: Create a Family-Friendly Hollywood in Florida.’ Rubio wrote that ‘Florida should create a tax incentive program aimed at attracting more film productions and TV series to the state, with a priority given to those productions that are given ‘family-friendly’ ratings such as G or PG.’

At the time, Rubio was Florida’s speaker of the house. Shortly after the book came out, Florida passed tax incentives for the film industry with a ‘family-friendly’ restriction clause, the website said.

Rubio is one of two Miamians who are seeking the Republican nomination for president. The other, Jeb Bush, was Rubio’s political mentor.

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anonymous
6 years ago

..and?

Is there anything wrong with wanting to do that?

Dbaz
6 years ago

“Florida passed tax incentives for the film industry with a ‘family-friendly’ restriction clause, the website said.”

That’s whats wrong with it, why not just tax incentive for films in general?

anonymous
6 years ago

Based on this article only, it appears that’s exactly what he wrote he wanted to do in his book.

Fredric
6 years ago

Yes there is something wrong with that.

Film-making is an art form as well as big business for those locales where films are shot and produced.
But the arts do not function well when politicians or others try to restrict or manipulate the content. Offering tax or financial incentives to attract film production to Florida is highly beneficial. But attempting to control the artistic expression so that it fits into an ideologically rigid political agenda is potentially highly destructive. I suspect that in Rubio’s case it was all mainly motivated by the opportunity for political grandstanding.

Imagine if a world-famous painter suggested that he or she might be interested in creating a giant mural in Miami if someone in political office or in the private sector would offer up some funding incentives to help finance the effort. Then imagine that a politician stepped forward to propose offering the funding incentives but on the condition that the artist use only red, white and blue paint in their mural. Any legitimate and self-respecting artist would respond by saying, “Thanks but no thanks” to such an offer and take their skills elsewhere, perhaps to a city where the funding is made available but without agenda-driven restrictions as a catch.

anon
6 years ago

Rubio is our very own version of the american Taliban – I truly believe that he and his ilk would be happy if Florida transformed into a Judeo/Christian version of Dubai or even better Saudi Arabia. WTF does family friendly even mean? Oh, i forgot, G or PG. Its insane this guy is running for president.

Anonymous
6 years ago

And Bush is not from Miami. I hope these backward thinking republicans don’t go anywhere. Remember it’s 2015 not 1970. Let’s get it together!

Anonymous
6 years ago

This guy is a JOKE he will never be voted in.