“As governor, I will push to preserve this important tax incentive so studios can expand their footprint and invest in our communities,” said Kemp.
The incentives, which started under Sonny Perdue and were expanded by Deal, have transformed Georgia into a major film hub. The state has handed out more than $1 billion in tax credits, making Georgia the third-busiest producer of films and TV shows in the nation.
We reported earlier the news that former state Sen. Rick Jeffares, who finished third in last week's GOP runoff for lieutenant governor, endorsed state Sen. David Shafer's campaign.
Now we have word from his opponent in the July 24 runoff, former state Rep. Geoff Duncan, that Jeffares may not have been forthcoming with him.
In a text message to Jeffares earlier this week shared with us, Duncan said he was “catching wind that your meeting with Shafer in Henry County tomorrow to cut a deal.”
“I’m hoping this is not accurate based on our very clear mutual agreement on Tuesday morning to endorse each other if one of us was in the runoff,” wrote Duncan, who wrote of the “multiple references you made about Shafer’s lack of character.”
Jeffares urged him to chill.
“Rumors are always rumors, yes I’m meeting with Shafer but I promise no deals are being struck, want to see him sweat a little.”
We guess he’s done sweating.
Republican John Hitchins, who nearly unseated Public Service Commissioner Tricia Pridemore in last week's primary vote, said he won't be supporting the victor in November.
Hitchins tweeted that he’ll be “supporting one of the challengers and not my party (or the status quo) because this is a non-partisan issue. It is a Georgia ratepayers vs. special interests issue.” He indicated that he’ll back Libertarian John Turpish.
Pridemore narrowly defeated Hitchins, a political newcomer, and will face Democrat Dawn Randolph and Turpish in the November.