Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Palin Family In The News: Track Palin Files For Divorce, Bristol Palin's TV Show Gets $354,348 Tax Credit From The State Of Alaska

There's no question that Todd and Sarah Palin have sought to exemplify proper family values. They endeavored to transmit those values to their kids to the best of their ability.

But having a principled upbringing at home is no guarantor against failure once one achieves adulthood and leaves home. And, unfortunately, despite the couple's best efforts, the marriage of their oldest son Track Palin to Britta Hanson has broken down. Track and his wife filed a petition for dissolution of marriage on December 1st, 2012; they have a 16-month-old daughter, Kyla Grace. They were married in May 2011. The Alaska Court System lists details under case no. 3PA-12-02481CI.

Britta's mother, Mary Hanson, confirmed Britta and Track were separated. She told the Daily Mail, "They’re not divorced, but they are separated. They're both very private and all I can say is that they're concentrating on working to be the best parents they can be to their daughter".

TMZ was the first to break the story, but offered few additional details. HuffPo reports that the couple have already worked out property and child custody disputes in advance, so we won't see another spectacle like we did involving Bristol Palin and her son, Tripp. The Daily Mail reports that for a couple to file jointly for divorce, property and custody issues must be resolved in advance.

And speaking of Bristol Palin, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner columnist Dermot Cole has dragged her name back into the public eye by disclosing that Helping Hands LLC, the company that produced 14 episodes of "Bristol Palin: Life's a Tripp" for the Lifetime Channel in 2012, received a $354,348 tax credit from the State of Alaska. Only Cole calls it a "subsidy", the reason being that he considers the phrase "tax credit" a misnomer since the recipients paid no taxes in the first place. Thus he equivocates it to a cash payment from the general fund. Cole also explains that the Alaska subsidy is paid in the form of a transferable tax credit, but since the limited liability companies that make films don't pay a state tax, they can and do sell the tax credits to other companies. Although Bristol Palin was one of six Alaskans employed as "talent" for the show, the company hired NO Alaskans as "crew" to work on the physical production -- running cameras and lights, etc. Malia Litman published some additional background on this tax credit in June 2012, although it should be noted that Litman is anti-Palin.

Since the company spent a total of $995,275 on production of this show in Alaska, this means that around 36 percent of the costs were covered by public funds. The Tax Foundation reminds us that when the producers of "Sarah Palin's Alaska" spent $3.6 million on production in Alaska, they received $1.2 million back in the form of various tax credits, about 33 percent. A comment to the News-Miner story reminds us that it was Sarah Palin as governor who signed Alaska's film tax credit, which allows film and TV producers to recover 30 percent or more of the money they spend on filming in Alaska, into law in the first place, although this occurred in 2008. Sarah Palin subsequently defended her actions, saying she did nothing improper, and explaining that Alaska’s film production tax credit legislation was passed to bring the incentives that Alaska offered to filmmakers in line with those of other states.

So far, no reaction attributable to Sarah Palin has been published on either Conservatives4Palin or on her own Facebook page. And there's no particular reason why she must weigh in; since both Track and Bristol are adults, Sarah bears no responsibility for their lives. The fact that Track is getting divorced should not be viewed as an indictment of Todd and Sarah's parenting skills; several Old Testament prophets sired sons who proved to be total wastrels.


  1. They were married in May 2011 and the baby is ONLY 16 months old, yeah right!

  2. I guess thats 2for2. Appears family values are only meant for gays?

  3. Anonymous 4:31 P.M: At least Track did the right thing and married the woman. Considering that it takes TWO to make a baby, the implication is that it takes TWO to raise it, fully acknowledging that there are some who become single parents after-the-fact through no fault of their own.

  4. "tax credit from the State of Alaska."


  5. The problem with the tax credit signed by Palin was that she didn't sign it until AFTER she spoke to execs. in the industry in regards to a reality show for her family. She knew there was a good possibility it would benefit her in the long run. The majority of Bristol's ill-fated reality show as filmed in California last year when it was under direction of a different company. It wasn't well-received by initial test audiences and fell through. Apparently they had a difficult time finding anything worthwhile filming for the show that finally made it to air and used the year old film which was the reason for such a discrepancy in appearance regarding Tripp's age and size.

    As far as Track goes, he's the only Palin who goes out of his way to avoid the public spotlight. He and his wife deserve their privacy at this time.