Hundreds rally in favor of NC film incentives

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WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) - Those who attended a rally in Wilmington say that North Carolina’s film incentives are good for the economy.

Hundreds of people gathered along the waterfront Sunday for the second annual North Carolina Film Rally. Speakers said the incentives are vital to keeping a vibrant film industry in the state.

Lawmakers in Raleigh will consider renewing the incentives when the legislative session begins next week.

Supporters of the incentive say they help attract film productions. Opponents say state incentives should be used to lure permanent jobs, not temporary film jobs that come and go.

A report released last week by the state Department of Revenue shows that, during the last fiscal year, productions spent almost $245 million in the state.

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