Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Film Maker's Tax Credit at Risk

The film production industry brings $300 million per year to Pennsylvania says Dawn Keezer, Director of the Pittsburgh Film Office, in response to State Senator Pat Vance's bill which would eliminate the Film Production Tax Credit Program. The program offers a 25 percent tax credit to production companies who spend at least 60 percent of their budget in Pennsylvania. Vance contends the program is wasteful in a time when state workers are being laid off and tight budget cuts are being made. Keezer says the program is one of the best programs in the nation and has brought hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars to Pennsylvania. Over the past year, 11 feature films have been made in the southwestern Pennsylvania region and have brought in over $50 million to the area.

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