COLUMBUS -- Ohio lawmakers have passed a bill that will double the amount of tax credits available for filmmakers to encourage them to bring their movie productions to Ohio.
The bill increases the tax credits for eligible productions from $20 million to $40 million.
Lawmakers say increasing the tax credits will help make Ohio more competitive among the 38 states that currently offer incentives for movie production crews. The Cleveland Film Commission agrees.
"Expanding the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Incentive would send a clear sign to the film industry that Northeast Ohio is open for business, and would help Cleveland attract film projects and create even more jobs," said Ivan Schwarz, executive director of the Greater Cleveland Film Commission. "The incentive has shown a positive return on investment for Northeast Ohio's economy, and this support by the Ohio Legislature is encouraging and appreciated."
The bill is the result of work by State Representative Mike Dovilla (R-Berea).
The Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit was first established in 2009 and has helped attract 27 film productions to Ohio including "The Avengers" as well as "The Ides of March," "I, Alex Cross," and "Unstoppable."
In 2010, more than 8,250 people were employed in film jobsin Ohio.
The Ohio House passed the bill doubling the tax credit unanimously. The measure passed the Senate by a vote of 29-2. It goes on to Governor John Kasich.