- Associated Press - Friday, March 18, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island state officials have backed off on a plan to close the state Film & Television Office.

Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo had proposed to save $332,000 from the state budget by closing the office and transferring its marketing duties to another agency.

The state Department of Administration said this week it was amending its budget plan to spare the office. No reason was given for the change.

The office has sought to get film studios to make movies and TV shows in Rhode Island by offering tax credits. Those credits are due to expire in 2019.

Film & TV Office Executive Director Steven Feinberg says his office is valuable. He declined further comment.

Feinberg recently announced that a sci-fi movie starring Robert Redford is filming in Newport later this month.

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