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New Mexico unwavering on film incentives after set fatality

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico legislators are expressing nearly unfettered support for state tax incentives to the film industry at a public hearing in the wake of the shooting death last month of a cinematographer from gunfire on the set of a western movie production.

New Mexico offers a rebate of between 25% and 35% for in-state spending for video production that helps filmmakers large and small underwrite their work. A gun fired by actor Alec Baldwin on the set of the western movie “Rust” killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and wounded a director. The production registered to receive a state tax rebate but may never collect.