Huntsman signs bill to boost film incentives

Huntsman signs bill to boost film incentives



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Gov. Jon Huntsman has signed a bill into law that aims to boost the state's film industry by granting larger refundable tax credits to motion picture productions in Utah.

Senate Bill 14 provides about $15 million over two years to entice film, television and commercial productions to the state.

Jason Perry, director of the Governor's Office of Economic Development, says the state's film incentive has lagged behind others and that a cap on the incentives has kept big-budget films that had expressed interest in the state from shooting here.

The bill brings the amount the state is spending on the incentive to $10 million a year. Perry says the incentive can create 4,500 jobs.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

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