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Chunk Of 'House of Cards' Maryland Tax Credit Fails In Final Hour

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Frank Underwood, played by Kevin Spacey, might look down on Maryland lawmakers' failure to compromise between two versions of a bill.
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Frank Underwood, played by Kevin Spacey, might look down on Maryland lawmakers' failure to compromise between two versions of a bill.

Maryland's General Assembly has run out of time to increase the yearly limit on tax credits designed to attract film projects and TV series.

The company that owns the series "House of Cards'' has threatened to move operations out of state if they don't receive $15 million next season. A budget committee reached a last-minute deal last week to put $18.5 million in the tax credit fund next year, leaving cash for other projects.

But $11 million depended on a bill that failed to pass both chambers Monday due to differences between the House and Senate versions. The House wanted protections to allow the state to recoup its money if those companies leave Maryland.

The two sides tried to hash out a last-minute agreement in a conference committee in the House lounge at 11:45 p.m. on Monday night, but they were unable to compromise before the clock struck midnight.

This leaves $15 million in next year's fund, and it's unclear how that money will be divvied up.

As for whether they fear House of Cards will now leave Maryland, all lawmakers involved wouldn't — or couldn't — possibly comment.

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