John Travolta in Redding to promote film tax break bill

John Travolta was in Redding Thursday to help Gov. Jodi Rell promote a state bill designed to draw moviemakers to Connecticut.

The bill gives a 30 percent tax break to the film and digital industries in the hopes film companies will pump money into the state?s economy. Rell said about $450 million has been put into the state since the first version of a tax break bill was passed in 2006.

?Each state allows a certain opportunity to do movies and this year Connecticut is winning as the most ideal state to film in,? Travolta said.

Travolta was in town anyway, filming his new movie ?Old Dogs.? The executive producer of the film said the tax breaks already provided made filming the movie in Connecticut much easier.

A handful of movies have been filmed in southwestern Connecticut so far this summer, and more are in the process.

To see more on the meeting of Gov. Rell and John Travolta, go to Channel 612 on your iO digital cable box and select iO Extra.

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