Florida governor wants to help space industry

In his State of the State address yesterday, new Florida governor Charlie Crist mentioned in passing that he wants the state legislature to pass incentives to support the state’s space industry:

Finally, I ask that you give us the tools to spur economic development for the film and space industries. In my budget I have proposed 75 million dollars of tax credits to enhance Florida film making- a clean and vital industry which creates high paying jobs while spot lighting our beautiful state.

Florida is the place where America literally reaches for the stars, so we must also continue to incentivize the private space industry to retain our preeminence in this field.

The speech doesn’t offer any additional details about what sort of incentives he has in mind, although lawmakers and others in the state have previously kicked around a number of ideas, including one to provide a half-billion dollars in incentives to lure companies to the state.

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