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Waddell would like to see state lawmakers increase the incentives because they impact almost every county in the region. Waddell would like to see state lawmakers increase the incentives because they impact almost every county in the region.

COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Lawmakers in North Carolina have millions of dollars in lost revenue to make up throughout the state.

Tuesday, members of North Carolina's Revenue Law Study Committee will talk about how to fill that void. They'll even discuss film incentives.

The next legislative session isn't until the spring, but state lawmakers are already brainstorming how to make up $6 million of lost revenue.

Ken Waddell, a state representative for Columbus, Robeson, and parts of Bladen Counties is on the Revenue Law Study Committee.

He says film incentives and federal pay outs for tobacco buyouts are some of the topics the members of the committee will discuss. According to Waddell, tobacco buyouts end next year and he believes that will have negative impact on rural counties.

Waddell said officials will hear a presentation about film incentives Tuesday. He would like to see state lawmakers increase the incentives because they impact almost every county in the region.

"A part of Revolution was filmed in Chadbourn," said Waddell. "There's been some other filming going on in Whiteville and in other places. Filming is really important. It provides a lot of jobs to a lot of people. That helps small businesses pass the bucks around."

Waddell said some lawmakers have mentioned possibly expanding the sales tax base. But he's not sure how far that will go.

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