Kitzhaber lures filmmakers to Oregon


Gov. John Kitzhaber wants to increase tax breaks for film and television production by $10 million a year.

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Gov. John Kitzhaber wants to increase tax breaks for film and television production by $10 million a year.

The recent success of the Portlandia and Leverage television shows build on the state’s colorful history of hits and flops, from The Goonies and Drugstore Cowboy to The Hunted and Animal House.

With some states talking about cutting their tax breaks for Hollywood productions, “There are quite a few movie operators and directors looking for a place to land and we thought we might have them come here,” Kitzhaber said.

In the scheme of the state’s $14.7 billion general fund budget, the tax break for filmmakers is pretty small, about $7.5 million a year currently. Supporters say it has helped persuade filmmakers to spend more than $178 million on projects in Oregon over the last four years.

Read more at OregonLive.com.

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