North Carolina flag The North Carolina state Senate voted today to approve a sharply diminished form of the state’s film tax incentives, which would slash funding for the program by two-thirds. The Tar Heel State’s current program, which has been beset by allegations of abuse, expires at the end of the year, and a proposed extension was facing an uphill political battle, with Gov. Pat McCrory calling for deep cuts in the program. On Thursday, the state Senate approved a proposal that would turn the incentives program into a grant program and substantially reduce its state funding, with a $20 million annual budget compared with $60 million last year. Legislators in the state’s House of Representatives, meanwhile, are pushing to extend the incentives as-is for another year. A final deal would have to be worked out by both chambers of the legislature and then signed by the governor.

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