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How to keep ‘House of Cards’ in Maryland at an acceptable price

Media Rights Capital, the production company behind the red-hot Netflix series “House of Cards,” has a message for Maryland: “Nice little economy you got there. What a shame if something would happen to it.”

Well, those weren’t the exact words of letters MRC recently sent Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) and House Speaker Michael E. Busch (D-Anne Arundel). What the company actually said was that it has very much enjoyed filming “House of Cards” in Baltimore, Annapolis and other Maryland locations, but it might “break down our stage, sets and offices and set up in another state” unless Maryland passed a law granting MRC additional tax credits on top of the $26.6 million it has already received.

We suggest that Maryland’s elected officials ask themselves this question: What would Frank Underwood do? Mr. Underwood is the Machiavellian, and totally fictional, politician protagonist of “House of Cards.”...

Though the film company’s threat to leave was perhaps a bit unsubtle, it was no more over the top than the claim Maryland officials have offered to justify the tax breaks to date: “House of Cards” has created nearly 6,000 jobs and pumped $250 million into the state economy.”...

Mr. Underwood would immediately realize that such figures are inherently phony.... Maryland can easily live without “House of Cards.”...