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Legislative Session Ends on High Note for Tourism, Film and the Arts

Legislative Session Ends on High Note for Tourism, Film and the Arts

Stakeholders and industry partners from across Maryland’s tourism, film and arts landscape gathered in support of legislation relevant to the industry, and their strong showing was instrumental this past legislative session. “The industry really came together,” said Deb Carter, President, Maryland Tourism Education Foundation. “It was a well organized, coordinated effort, and proved to be a very successful strategy.”

John Schratwieser, Executive Director, Maryland Citizens for the Arts agreed, saying, “It was an impressive showing by our partners. The supporters on hand represented a diverse cross section of the arts community from across the state.”

Governor Hogan and the legislature demonstrated their commitment to, and belief in the importance of TFA, by passing the budgets for the Maryland Office of Tourism and the Maryland State Arts Council above last year’s mark while extending the state’s Film Tax Credit Program. “The positive outcome of the 2015 Legislative Session,” said Bill Pencek, Acting Assistant Secretary, Division of Tourism, Film and the Arts, “was a testament that the programs of Tourism, Film and the Arts have a positive impact on the state both economically and on our quality of life.”