Lawmakers propose $10 million for film productions

DALLAS (AP) - Lawmakers eager to attract film productions to Texas have proposed allocating $10 million for the task as a time when cuts appear increasingly likely in education and health care programs.

The proposals face a tough future, however, The Dallas Morning News reports.

State Sen. Bob Deuell, R-Greenville, has been an advocate of state support for film, television and video game productions in Texas, and he acknowledges those tough times. He says that even he has higher priorities. In his words, "This is a time to prioritize, and health and education are more important."

That troubles state Rep. Dawnna Dukes, D-Austin and a champion of tax incentives for productions. Says she, "The immense reduction (from a $60 million budget) will cause television series and film opportunities to flee Texas."