If Washington is truly concerned about this issue, here's a place to start looking: Georgia
In 2013, the film and television industries generated over $4 billion, with economic impacts rippling outward creating jobs for electricians, lighting experts, stage construction workers, and real estate and land management. To name a few.
Washington, again if they're serious, could do a little self-promoting like this:
It's a simple question of will, not ways.
Mr. Comte's several points are quite apt; there are scores of companies registered in Olympia 'pandered to' by tax credits and subsidies.
A visit to your own Washington State Public Disclosure Commission website reveals a list of lobbyist employers in 2014 with over 30 categories--issued in a 37-page document. Each and every company and group shown seeking advantage over others with respect to the taxing of gross business receipts by the state, or how those receipts should be allocated. This occurs in every state capital.
It's possible any embarrassment is not that 'other states and cities do [it]', but rather a failure by some to fully grasp how the relationship between companies and legislatures actual function at the state level and the reasons behind why any company elects to do business in state A over state B, in the first place.
And in the specific case of the Film and Television industries in Washington, such consideration of tax credits by Olympia would amount to a partial restoration of something lost.
NAFTA's effect, the hands-on response by the B.C. government, and a 20+% exchange rate in Canada's favor sucked most of the film and television work north of the Peace Arch in 1994.
The indifference of the Clinton Administration, the incompetence of the Washington Congressional Delegation, and fecklessness in Olympia allowed this all to happen.
All in stark contrast to the concrete steps taken by the Canadian government to protect Canadian jobs and talent.
Twenty-years later, the seeds sown (or not) stand in testament: British Columbia has a vibrant film and television industry, retaining an infrastructural advantage over Washington, despite near-parity on the dollars. And those stories set in Seattle still needing an obligatory Space Needle shot, can be handled by a second unit sent down from Vancouver on a day-trip.