Actors' pay focus of Massachusetts film subsidies debate

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Posted: Jun 18, 2017 10:22 AM
Actors' pay focus of Massachusetts film subsidies debate

BOSTON (AP) — A new "Ghostbusters" movie had filmed in Boston with the hopes of rebooting a beloved franchise.

Instead, the box office dud unintentionally helped give new life to efforts to rid Massachusetts of its film industry subsidies.

Now lawmakers are weighing new limits to the state's film tax credit.

The benefit is considered among the most generous of the 36 states offering film industry incentives.

Democratic Sen. Michael Rodrigues proposed the new limits, saying too much of the incentive program is flowing out-of-state and going to actors.

The Massachusetts Production Coalition complains the proposal would "cripple" the local film industry.

State budgets have been proposed by the Senate and the House. The Senate version includes the film credit changes; the House budget plan doesn't.