Mark Wahlberg Pushes for Hollywood 2.0 in Nevada

( – Actor Dennis Quaid wants to make Texas the new Hollywood, and now Mark Wahlberg thinks the center of America’s movie-making business should be Las Vegas.

The former underwear model turned actor said he left Los Angeles to give his children a better environment to grow up in. He has since pressed the Nevada legislature to give more tax credits to the film industry. Wahlberg wants the state to up its contribution from $10 million per year to $190 million every year for the next 20 years.

Wahlberg, 51, is one of a small group of big-name Hollywood celebrities who is openly Christian. The famously secular and left-leaning entertainment world has not given actors of faith a very warm reception, and some are questioning whether Hollywood itself is the right place to practice their craft.

In addition, California is losing its population across the board as high taxes and ultra-liberal policies have made life too costly and unsafe in many areas. The Golden State reversed a long trend starting in 2020 and actually lost population. At some points, state-leavers complained they couldn’t find rental tracks, and a nationwide U-Haul shortage occurred in part because of the “California Exodus.”

Wahlberg sold his $87 million Beverly Hills house last year and decamped to Nevada, which has no income tax. He said he wants to see the state build new film studios and create entertainment jobs by “diversifying the economy.”

In addition to celebrities such as Dennis Quaid and Mark Wahlberg, other jet setters have left what was once the state for innovation and growth. Elon Musk, Joe Rogan, Ozzy Osbourne, and others have left California for what they hope will be greener pastures.

Wahlberg said the state supporting the film industry would be a good move for workers, too. He claimed the “average salary” would jump $100,000 higher than it is today, and he said he wanted to offer the jobs to local people “first and foremost.”

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