Frank Underwood appears to have won his latest stare-down. After a tense standoff with House Of Cards producer Media Rights Capital, Maryland politicians have ended their holdout and are set to boost the state’s film tax credit program to keep the Netflix drama filming there. The General Assembly has approved the new legislation to increase the allocation ceiling from $7.5 million to $18.5 million, which likely would be enough to keep the show in the state. MRC, which had planned to start shooting the third season of the D.C.-set drama in early spring, received about $26 million in Maryland tax credits for its first two season, according to reports. The production company has been seeking a tax credit for Season 3 in line with Season 2′s $15 million, which had been impossible with Maryland’s cap at $7.5 million.
In February, MRC sent a letter to several state politicians regarding the bills, saying that the incentives must be approved if the production were to stay in the state. Ten days ago, the Maryland House of Delegates responded, adopting budget language that would require the state to seize the production company’s property if it does any such thing. That provision ordered the state to use the right of eminent domain to buy or condemn the property of any company that has claimed $10 million or more credits against the state income tax. But now, a day after House Of Cards used Twitter to welcome Emmy rival Game Of Thrones back for a fourth season, the show can focus on Underwood’s next political prey.
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