Louisiana Legislators Mull Retention of Game Biz Tax Breaks

Jack Thompson’s recently-introduced bill isn’t the only video game issue under consideration by Louisiana lawmakers.

As reported by the Shreveport Times, legislators will consider whether to renew tax incentives for video game, movie and other digital media firms. 

Rep. Barbara Norton (D, at eft) argues in favor of retaining such incentives:

EA Sports… is planning to open an office in the Baton Rouge area because of the digital tax credit. EA Sports will bring high paying jobs and provide an economic boost to the Baton Rouge economy…

We should keep our state incentives to attract high paying, high tech jobs… The Texas legislature is introducing tax incentives to try and pull more film productions from Shreveport back to Texas. Right now Texas cannot compete with us as to incentives Louisiana offers… however they are trying to fix that now.

Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) reportedly favors maintaining tax breaks for digital media producers.

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    FourX11gd says:

    I think I’ve come up with the reasons JT keeps trying to push this type of legislation.  Gamers are old enough to get voted into various government positions.  The older we get the more of us will be in place to defeat this type of legislation.  He’s trying to get it passed before that can happend.

    Just my two cent’s worth.

    High Tech Redneck

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    Doom90885 says:

    I guess Thompson just wants to go to each state until he’s laughed out in all 50 states. Oh well givs his credibility that slow painful death. (Not that he had much to begin with)

    In Scapegoats We Trust

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    CyberSkull says:

    I’m still left gobsmacked over how a JT-authored bill made it anywhere in Louisiana after the what, $91K they spent defending the last one? Another one is sure to make these new attractive revenue sources for the state leery of setting up shop.

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