- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 3, 2015

BOSTON (AP) - Gov. Charlie Baker may have a tough time convincing lawmakers to eliminate a tax credit the state offers to encourage movie-making in Massachusetts.

House Speaker Robert DeLeo said Tuesday that he’s been a big supporter of the film tax credit. He said small businesses get a big boost when movies are shot in the state.

Baker plans to submit to lawmakers on Wednesday his state budget request for the fiscal year starting July 1.

Baker told reporters Tuesday that he wants to eliminate the film credit while doubling the earned income tax credit for low-income working families.

The film credit offers a 25 percent production credit, a 25 percent payroll credit and a sales tax exemption.

Baker said the payoff from the film tax credit isn’t big enough to justify keeping it.

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