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Film incentives help state economy

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Wisconsin's new tax breaks for the film and video game industry have brought in more than $9.2 million and created at least 850 jobs this year.

That's according to a new analysis obtained by The Associated Press.

The Department of Commerce is proposing changes officials say would make state government more money, but supporters of the incentives say that would be a "total business killer."

Scott Robbe, executive director for Film Wisconsin, says the numbers are proof that the incentives work to bring more revenue into the state.

Robbe says eight feature films, including the Johnny Depp film "Public Enemies," and more than a dozen television shows filmed in Wisconsin this year.

The analysis was done by Robbe and an accountant. The report says the state will have to pay out an estimated $6.1 million in incentives.

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