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Hawaii lawmakers explore more tax breaks for films

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 11:15 a.m. HST, Feb 14, 2013

The Senate committee on the arts is evaluating a bill to convince more people to shoot films and TV shows in Hawaii.

Sen. David Ige introduced the proposal that would extend and increase tax credits for the film industry.

The Senate committee on economic development approved an amended version of Ige's proposal Wednesday.

Ige says the high cost of shooting films in Hawaii deters moviemakers from coming.

He says tax incentives could help filmmaking grow to be a billion dollar industry in the state.

Opponents of the bill say Hawaii's uniqueness is enough incentive to attract filmmakers.

They say the state can't afford to give the movie industry more tax breaks.

Hawaii has been the site of several popular TV shows and movies including "Lost," ''Hawaii Five-0" and "The Descendants."

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Manoa_Fisherman wrote:
The Legislature gave away $1.4 BILLION in solar tax credits. Now the idiots want to give away another BILLON to the FILM INDUSTRY? Tell Scott Caan that his stupid comments come at a big expense from the tax payers of Hawaii and tell COMCAST/NBC to go milk some other state's treasury. Hawaii has unfunded liabilities for retired state workers in the BILLIONS of dollars, and Ige want to give away even more? What kind of lunatics are we entrusting with the future of Hawaii?
on February 14,2013 | 10:36AM
false wrote:
Just remember some of these lunatics at the ballot box in 2014. I'd bet 98% of these lunatics get re-elected.
on February 14,2013 | 01:56PM
Mana07 wrote:
Perhaps we could consider lower tax rates for the people that live in Hawai'i? Oh wait.. that then we would have less money to redistribute.
on February 14,2013 | 11:54AM
hawaiikone wrote:
Including Scott Caan?
on February 14,2013 | 12:40PM
false wrote:
This bugga is pau.
on February 14,2013 | 01:57PM
hanalei395 wrote:
"5-0" already had their tax breaks. They can beat it outta here.
on February 14,2013 | 01:38PM
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