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Film incentives program funding cut

MADISON (WKOW) -- The state Legislature's budget writing committee approved Friday a cut to Wisconsin's film tax incentive program.

Three weeks ago the committee decided to go against Governor Jim Doyle's wishes and keep the program alive with a $3 million cap on incentives for each of the next two years. Doyle wanted to replace the 1-year-old incentives, which currently have no cap, with a $500,000 annual grant program.

The budget committee scaled back the program, putting a $1.5 million annual cap on it instead of $3 million. After two years there would be no limit on how much could be given to qualifying projects through tax breaks.

The cut was one of several approved to help solve a new $1.6 billion budget shortfall.

The committee's version of the budget would still have to be passed by the Legislature and signed by Doyle to take effect.

Doyle hasn't said if he'd support the reduced film incentives.

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