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Missouri Film Office could lose government funding

Saturday, January 29, 2011 | 4:22 p.m. CST

KANSAS CITY — Leaders of Missouri's film production industry say moves to cut government subsidies might close the curtains on a successful, money-generating business.

Gov. Jay Nixon has recommended dropping funding for the Missouri Film Office, which helps coordinate filming for out-of-state producers and Missouri locations, filmmakers and local residents.

A government commission also has recommended that a $4.5 million film production tax credit be eliminated.

Jerry Jones, who heads the Missouri Film Office, says the incentives are crucial to bringing films to Missouri. The Kansas City Star reports that film production promoters say the industry brings jobs and revenue to the state.

But Nixon and the commission say the incentives do not bring enough positive returns to the state.


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