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Setbacks for agency in recovering film tax credits

Officials from the Louisiana Department of Economic Development say the only action they could take against two companies that received about $935,000 in ineligible state motion picture tax credits is to file a civil action lawsuit.

Legislative auditors say members of the state economic development agency improperly issued thousands of tax credits for expenditures made by two companies involved in making a documentary about the Mardi Gras season called "Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras: Building of the Greatest Free Show on Earth."

Lawmakers on the Legislative Audit Advisory Council came down hard on the Department of Economic Development Wednesday, repeatedly asking what they were doing to get the money back and why they decided to approve the tax credits when they had questions about the production costs themselves.

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