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South Carolina considers changes to film incentive program

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Changes in film incentive programs being considered in North and South Carolina. Changes in film incentive programs being considered in North and South Carolina.

COLUMBIA, SC (WECT) - South Carolina is considering making changes to its film incentives program to make the state more attractive to Hollywood.

A bill recently passed the state senate that would increase rebates on wages from 15% to 20%.

Productions must spend at least $1 million to qualify for the rebates.

They're hoping the incentives will make the state more competitive with North Carolina and Georgia.

This comes as some North Carolina leaders proposed making changes to the state's film incentives programs. Critics said the changes would "gut" the program and "kill jobs." Rep. Rick Catlin (R-New Hanover) is one of the sponsors of the bill. Friday, he sent out a statement defending it; however, he refused to do an on camera interview with us, saying he was too "busy."

Right now, the South Carolina bill's in a house committee.

No word on when the house will vote on it.

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