FLORIDA: Film incentive money fails to make state budget

Posted by:Kenneth Blaine onMay 2, 2014

A move to provide more financial incentives for Florida’s film and television industry has collapsed in the final days of the legislative session.

“It looks like we’re dying on the one-yard line,” said Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee Chairwoman Nancy Detert, R-Venice.

Detert had amended the Senate budget bill to include $20 million in tax credits for film and television companies working in Florida. It was part of a broader plan to revive a financial incentive program that has exhausted its funding.

But since lawmakers reached agreement on a state budget compromise on Tuesday, Detert said she has been trying to confirm the outcome of her film and television provision.

Senate Appropriations Chairman Joe Negron, R-Stuart, and Sen. Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando, who oversees spending decisions involving economic development, told Detert during a floor debate that her funding did not make it in the final bill.

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