A pair of Republican governors are backing renewed or expanded support for financial incentives to encourage video game and other types of media development.
In Texas, Gov. Rick Perry, last year's E3 keynote speaker, proposed a two-year state budget which includes $60 million worth of sweeteners for the entertainment industry, reports KBMT-12. Speaking at a rally in game development hub Austin last week, Perry said that Texas was losing business to competing states New Mexico and Louisiana.
Speaking of Louisiana, the News-Star reports that Gov. Bobby Jindal hopes to renew inventives aimed at video game, film and music production. The packages currently in place expire by 2010:
The proposals will cost the state $8 million a year when investors cash in the credits, he said, but the state gains much more from having movies, recordings and video games produced here.
“We want to make sure Louisiana keeps a competitive edge,” Jindal said at a press conference.
Both Perry and Jindal are mentioned as possible contenders for the Republican presidential nod in 2012.