Indiana Approves Movie Incentive Plan

<p>Lawmakers in Indiana have approved an incentive program that seeks to attract filmmakers to the state, a move that overrides a veto by Governor Mitch Daniels.</p>
February 16, 2008, 7am PST | Nate Berg
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"'We have been trying to get incentives off the ground for five years,' said Greg Malone, a producer and president of the Indiana Media Industry Network, which represents more than 300 industry-related businesses across the state."

"Daniels vetoed the incentives bill last year, calling it too expensive for taxpayers. Earlier this year, the House overrode the veto 77-17, and Thursday, the Senate voted 36-11 to do the same."

"That vote effectively makes it the law of the land."

"According to an analysis by the General Assembly, the legislation will mean the loss of up to $18 million a year in state tax collections, based on current filming activity. The incentives would begin July 1 and end by Jan. 1, 2012, unless extended by lawmakers."

"'I can't imagine what they were thinking,' Daniels said. 'Legislators have given out $30 million in corporate subsidies, most of which are likely to go to existing businesses and not bring a single new job to our state.'"

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Published on Friday, February 15, 2008 in The Indianapolis Star
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