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Texas lawmakers again set to weigh incentives for film, video game industries

A fight over state incentives for the movie, TV and video game industries sparked plenty of drama at the Texas Capitol two years ago. Supporters hope there won’t be a sequel in 2019. The taxpayer-funded effort to encourage film and video game productions in the state, called the Texas Moving Image Industry Incentive Program, narrowly escaped an attempt to kill it by some lawmakers during the Legislature’s 2017 session. The incentives survived, but funding over the current two-year budget cycle ended up at $32 million — less than half the amount initially sought and well below the $95 million budgeted for the 2014-15 cycle. “It has been enough to keep a couple big (TV) shows in the state, and

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