- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 28, 2014

California’s Gov. Jerry Brown is about to sign an agreement passed by lawmakers that more than triples the amount of tax credits moviemakers receive — from $100 million a year to $330 million.

“This law will … put thousands of Californians to work,” Mr. Brown said, noting that film production companies have been leaving the state in alarming speed in the last 15 years, Agence France-Presse reported.

Film production has actually fallen by 50 percent in the last 15 years, AFP said.

Just last year, 21 of the 23 new prime-time television series were reportedly filed from states other than California.

“This is a crown-jewel industry that provides jobs and opportunity for middle-class families in every region of our Golden State,” said Senate President-elect Kevin de Leon, in AFP. “We’re sending a powerful signal today that we are 100 percent committed to keeping the camera rolling and bright lights shining in our state for years to come.”

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