Committee Drafts Extension of Wyoming Film Incentive

Committee Drafts Extension of Wyoming Film Incentive

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - A Wyoming legislative committee has proposed extending the state's Film Industry Financial Incentive Program. At a recent meeting in Sundance, the committee that deals with travel and recreation issues agreed to draft legislation that would push the program's expiration from 2011 to 2016.

Lawmakers created the film incentive program in 2007 to lure big-budget films that might otherwise choose locations with better incentive packages. The program offers 12- to 15-percent reimbursements to film projects that spend at least $200,000 in the state.

Officials say the state has dedicated a total of $1.8 million to the program since its creation, and $1.4 million is still available for rebates. Eight projects have taken advantage of the program.

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