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A century before New Orleans was dubbed “Hollywood South,” the Crescent City was poised to become a major center for silent film studios. Producer Eve Abrams spoke with Tulane professor of communications Vicki Mayer about her Summer 2015 article for Louisiana Cultural Vistas Magazine, “Film Follies,” and about how the movie industry, culture, and the political economy intersect in Louisiana.

Louisiana’s budget problems have many criticizing the tax incentives for the entertainment industry, which cost the state about $250-million last year. A legislative task force has been looking into ways to curb fraud in the film program. They met last week, to discuss the thrust of bills they may file in the upcoming legislative session.

“These are various common-sense measures that we think can be taken to perhaps make it a little bit less easy to steal from these programs,” Louisiana Inspector General Stephen Street said, as he prepared to give the panel suggestions based on his experiences investigating problems with the programs.

Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration is moving ahead with new regulations that spell out limits for the state's alternative fuel vehicle tax credit.

The final rule governing the tax credit program is being published Thursday and will take effect this week.

The alternative fuel vehicle tax break's cost has grown much larger than estimated and had become a headache for the Republican governor because of differing interpretations about eligibility.

Price tag for tax break expansion could top $7M

Sep 26, 2012

Louisiana paid as much as $7 million for a two-month expansion of a tax credit designed to encourage the purchase of alternative fuel vehicles.

The Department of Revenue issued a little-noticed rule in April governing the state's alternative fuel tax credit, which enlarged the list of qualifying vehicles.

Jindal scrapped the rule in June amid complaints it could wreck the state's budget, but it appears hundreds of people took advantage of the expanded list while it was on the books.

Budget group: Film tax break program needs limits

Aug 8, 2012

A new report is suggesting state lawmakers should lessen Louisiana's generous film tax credits and cap the amount of money it can cost the state each year in lost revenue.

Louisiana spent $231 million last year to attract movie productions, through a tax break program that continues to grow larger annually and that has cost the state more than a billion dollars over a decade.

The left-leaning Louisiana Budget Project says the state hasn't gotten much in return besides the prestige of hosting big-name Hollywood actors.

Jindal budget office refuses to provide records

Jul 18, 2012

Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget office won't provide most of its records tied to the state's alternative fuel vehicle tax credit program and a controversial ruling about qualifying vehicles that was rescinded by the governor.

A lawyer for the Division of Administration said records requested by The Associated Press are shielded by a public records exemption. Only one e-mail was provided. Other records were kept hidden, citing an exemption given to the governor for items involving his "deliberative process."