Ben Affleck starred in "Gone Girl," a movie shot in Cape Girardeau that benefitted from Missouri tax credits. | Studio photo

Kehoe seeks to revive Missouri tax incentives for filmmakers



Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe has his sights on Hollywood and hopes to draw its filmmakers to Missouri by reviving a currently unfunded tax incentive program.

On Thursday, Kehoe told reporters “Lake Ozark, Branson area, would really like to work to try to attract some moviemaking.”

Shows like Netflix’s “Ozark” and HBO’s “Sharp Objects” have overlooked Missouri, where their stories take place, and instead filmed in Georgia, where there is no cap on film tax credits.

A Senate bill, introduced Jan. 16 by Sen. Sandy Crawford, R-Buffalo, would hand control of the Missouri Arts Council and the Missouri Humanities Council to Kehoe’s office.

Furthermore, Gov. Mike Parson seeks to bump up the lieutenant governor’s budget to $9.2 million from $600,000.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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