The Houston Chronicle, 5/15/8

Legislation to create new incentives to attract filmmakers and television productions to Mississippi has been signed by the governor.

The bill, which took effect with Gov. Haley Barbour’s signature on May 9, would provide a 20 percent rebate on a production’s local spending in Mississippi.

Since 2004, there has been a sales tax exemption of 7 percent on most production items and a sales tax exemption of 5 percent on most production equipment.

“The film industry is important to Mississippi, as it is an industry in constant growth,” Barbour said Tuesday in a statement.