Ohio taxpayers helped foot the bill for these movies, Some lawmakers want to eliminate the tax credit

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From “Carol” to “The Old Man and the Gun,” Cincinnati has been featured in a slew of movies thanks to a tax break Ohio gives to productions doing business here.

But lawmakers in the Ohio House of Representatives voted to eliminate that tax break in the state’s two-year budget. Instead, they want to cut income tax rates.

“We shouldn’t try to pick winners and losers,” said Speaker Larry Householder, R-Glenford in Perry County. “What we should try to do is set a balanced field out there.”

The liberal-leaning Policy Matters Ohio and conservative Buckeye Institute have both called the break a waste of taxpayer money.

But proponents of the tax breaks say they bring business to Ohio. Film Cincinnati wrote that eliminating the credit would be a “grave error.”

A recent study from the University of Cincinnati Economics Center found $3.69 was spent in the Cincinnati area for every $1 contributed in tax breaks. Statewide, for every dollar put into the program, Ohioans see a $1.98 return.  See more here.

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