The deal hinged on the outcome of legislation that sought to increase the state’s film cap to around $250 million. The bill looked promising until the end, when the legislature – prompted by Gov. Greg Gianforte – set a cap of just $12 million.
“Our governor, who is all about keeping us competitive, apparently doesn’t see the film industry as one where we should be competitive, and given the chance, closed the door on it,” said Commissioner Josh Slotnick. “To say it’s a bummer doesn’t quite get there.”
The local economic impacts of the Montana Media Hub would have included new jobs, the purchase of local goods, a demand for air service and greater hotel occupancy, among other benefits.
Citing state legislation that sank a multi-million dollar development and business plan rooted in the film industry, Missoula County on Thursday amended its sales agreement with Shadowcast Partners, hoping the company could move its proposed land purchase in another direction.
By Martin Kidston
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