"The budget provision is not a compromise. It's the end of the program," Wilmington Democratic Rep.
Her comments came on a day when lawmakers gave at least tacit approval to economic incentives as well as tax credits for solar power and historic preservation.
Film production companies currently can get a 25 percent credit up to
Industry advocates say films have created more than 4,000 full-time and thousands of part-time jobs in the state. Critics question those numbers. And the legislature's fiscal staff concluded that the credit creates "a negative return on investment."
"If this is where we end up, we will do our best ... to make the most of that investment, to come up with a plan that will be important in retaining the industry in the state and helping it grow," she told reporters.
Asked if it would cost jobs, she said, "I don't think it will in the short run because projects are in play. My greatest concern is the long run, that we do the things that help the industry be sustained."
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