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Mar 19, 2013 12:02 AM by Steven Albritton

Questions Surround Jindal's Budget Plan

Films like "Django Unchained," and "Beasts of the Southern Wild," have gone on to be nominated for Oscars, not only that but they were filmed right here in Louisiana. Actor and producer Marcus Brown just returned to Lafayette from conferences in Los Angeles. He says Louisiana stands out among other states.

"When they started talking about tax credits, Louisiana was the first state that came up. We are definitely number one on the radar in regard to the tax credit program and we are number three in production behind California and New York," Brown said.

Brown fears that could change. Governor Bobby Jindal's proposed budget cuts could make the film industry in Louisiana less enticing. Part of Jindal's proposal is to remove more than 200 tax breaks and exemptions, and limit incentives for the film industry. He wants to get rid of of personal and corporate income taxes. Cutting those would leave a $3 billion dollar gap in the state budget. He would like to see these cuts make up for part of that loss.

"If we're less competitive, there's going to be fewer projects that come into this state and that means fewer jobs for individuals within the state," Brown says,

According to the Louisiana Economic Development, since 2006 more than 300 productions have been done in Louisiana. In 2010, more than 100 productions accounted for an estimated 800 hundred million dollars in spending.

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