April 19, 2014
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California lawmakers are sending Gov. Jerry Brown a bill that would extend a Hollywood tax break for two years in an effort to keep film and TV production in the state.
The Senate on Friday passed AB2026 on a bipartisan 32-2 vote. The bill extends a $100 million-a-year tax break from 2015 until 2017.
Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a budget package that established the tax credit in 2009 to help create and retain jobs during the recession.
Supporters argued that extending it would prevent production companies from going to other states and Canada. Sen. Tony Strickland, a Thousand Oaks Republican, says California needs the extension to remain competitive.
The American Cancer Society opposed the bill, saying the tax credits should only go to tobacco-free movies.