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Debate continues over West Virginia film office, tax credit program

The Dominion Post
CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — What was expected to be a slam-dunk passage of the governor’s bill to end the state Film Office and Film Tax Credit Program on Jan. 25 turned into a bit of a boondoggle on the House floor.

A surprise groundswell of support for the program led GOP leaders to huddle at the speaker’s podium and decide to hold off the vote on SB 263 for a day.

The tax credit program was intended to provide incentives, via tax credits, for filmmakers to come to the state to make movies and other film productions. As previously reported, a legislative audit found the program unproductive waste of money.

The ongoing debate convinced leaders the bill might die on the floor. After their huddle, Majority Leader Daryl Cowles, R-Morgan, spoke briefly in favor of it then announced that the vote would be postponed to Jan. 26.

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