Measure would end NY’s film-tax credit program

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A western New York senator on Thursday introduced legislation that would end the state’s $420 million a year film-tax credit program, saying it needs to be scrapped in the face of a major state deficit next year.

The bill from Sen. Robert Ortt, R-North Tonawanda, Niagara County, is the latest attempt by Republicans to raise questions about the most generous program of its kind in the nation.

“New York state can stand on its own without the need to provide this corporate welfare to companies that do not need this funding to succeed — and many are already located in New York; the others are almost exclusively in California,” Ortt, whose district extends into Monroe County, wrote in the bill.

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