MARYLAND - A heated debate in Annapolis Monday night, as six lawmakers tried to reach a deal to increase funding for the state's film production incentive program, and keep the makers of "House of Cards" happy enough to film Season 3 in Maryland.
The show has threatened to move out of state if they don't get $15 million in tax credits next season. A bill to increase funding to $18.5 million would have funded the show and left extra cash for other film projects.
But at the stroke of midnight Monday night, time ran out to approve an additional $3.5 million -- leaving just $15 million in next year's fund.
"We didn't quite get to the agreement that we hoped to get to be able to increase incentives for the film industry here in the state of Maryland, which we've been growing for the last several years, and which has returned a great return on our investment. The question is going down the road -- what do we need to do build permanent film infrastructure here? Actual sound stages, being built in Maryland that will stay here," Senator Roger Manno (D-Montgomery Co.) said.
It's unclear how the money will be divvied up next year, and a spokesman for "House of Cards" has said he doesn't know what the show will do yet.