Delegates Iaquinta, Miley and Queen Vote Against Effort to Eliminate WV Film Tax Credit

By Connect Clarksburg Staff | January 27, 2018
After debate lasting almost two hours — and after mentioning almost every film or television show that ever had a West Virginia connection — delegates voted to discontinue the state film tax credit.

“This is our first fiscally-impactive bill for the budget. If we go at this pace, we’ll be here until July 1,” Finance Chairman Eric Nelson, R-Kanawha, said in his closing remarks on the bill.
The bill passed the House of Delegates 54-42 early Friday afternoon. It had already passed the Senate earlier in the week.
This was actually the second day in a row for delegates to debate film tax credits while the bill was on a passage vote. After a lengthy and vigorous discussion on Thursday, House leaders proposed laying over the bill for a final vote today.
Republicans described the $5 million annual cap on film tax credits as being an important building block in the state budget that could now be used for other priorities.
They also said the tax credit has not delivered enough bang for the buck.
Democrats contended the film tax credit could be improved, that it has had a positive economic stimulus effect and that its results have a positive effect on the branding of the state.
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