Locals say no to new film tax credit

Louisiana Politics

POSTED: Thursday, June 16, 2011 - 4:51pm

UPDATED: Thursday, October 20, 2011 - 10:05am

A new tax credit for the Louisiana Film Industry died in the House Ways and Means committee Thursday after dozens of locals in the business told lawmakers, they don’t want the money.

The small business owners said the bill requirements are set too high, and would give California companies an advantage over smaller, Louisiana grown companies.

Senate Bill 264, by President Joel Chaisson, a Democrat, will not advance any further in the Louisiana Legislature this session.

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Good job Susie . Now if something can be done about the blackballing and blacklisting of people by casting companies . Batherson Casting is the worst . Coulon Casting is bad too , and that's too bad , things are not the same as they were in the Louisiana Casting days , I use to call Liz a friend . Batherson on the other hand has always been a problem .

Thanks, Susie Labry, for all you did about this situation and all you do on a daily basis for the actors and productions in Louisiana. We are so fortunate to have you supporting the industry!

I never say no to moneys from the state. I say that the only reason I helped kill this bill is because it would have lifted the 5% tax credit dedicated to Louisiana natives and residents working in film industry. This was a good bill in the beginning which has gone bad when it was amended and rewritten. I am for more increase of tax incentives for both production and infrastructure-just not at the sacrifice of Louisiana workers! Susie Labry

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