Golden Hammer: Taxpayers are paying film costs for reality tv shows

Taxpayers in Sante Fe are paying for the filming of realty TV shows.

The real reality about television reality shows â?? Itâ??s costing taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars.

One recent example, producers of â??The Bachelorâ?? will get as much as $100,000 from taxpayers for filming an episode in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

City leaders there are following the lead of other states and local governments.

Our partners at the Washington Times tell us tax watchdogs like Robert Tannenwald, formerly with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities dismisses it as â??wasteful and unfairâ?? to economic development.

That runs contrary to what some lawmaker think.

For its decision to hand out taxpayer cash with no certain payoffs, Santa Feâ??s city council wins this weekâ??s Golden Hammer.

The Golden Hammer is a weekly award that shines the spotlight on government waste and abuse of your tax dollar.