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Petition started to save film incentives

The writers of the petition compare North Carolina to Michigan, which claim the state lost film productions because incentives were not continued before businesses became permanently established. (Source: MGN Online) The writers of the petition compare North Carolina to Michigan, which claim the state lost film productions because incentives were not continued before businesses became permanently established. (Source: MGN Online)
NORTH CAROLINA (WECT) -

A group of film workers from North Carolina have created an online petition imploring North Carolina lawmakers to maintain the state's current film incentive program.

The Keep North Carolina Film Incentives petition references the thousands of jobs, ranging from actors and camera operators to handymen and artists, created by film productions drawn to the state because of the lucrative 25 percent tax-rebate program.

study released earlier this year by Dr. Robert Handfield, a supply chain management professor at NC State University, showed the state was positively impacted by the film industry, but lawmakers at the NC General Assembly saw things differently.

The current film incentives are set to expire at the end of 2014, with a $10 million grant program replacing it.

The writers of the petition compare North Carolina to Michigan, claiming the state lost film productions because incentives were not continued before businesses became permanently established.

Other states like California, Louisiana, and Georgia have recently increased their film incentives programs drawing productions away from North Carolina.

The petition is not only being signed by North Carolinians. Cecilia from Naples, FL signed it Monday.

"I may not be from North Carolina but I believe that keeping the film industry will bring jobs to the people of this state. This will also bring tourism which will increase the economy. Keep North Carolina Film Incentives," Cecilia wrote.

As of 7 p.m. Monday the petition had close to 8,000 signatures with a goal of 10,000. You can learn more about the petition and sign it here: http://bit.ly/1tUKtAL

This is not the first petition drafted at keeping film incentives in North Carolina. 

A petition was started by 15-year-old Van Bromley, who's parents are part of the North Carolina film community, pleading with law makers to leave film incentives alone. You can read that petition here: http://chn.ge/1kPR4ZM

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