tax credits

Virginia Gov Proposes $25M Research and Technology Fund, $50M Boost for Higher Ed

A $25 million fund providing grants for tech commercialization, matching funds for research, and funding to attract "star" researchers to Virginia's universities is a key component of Gov. Bob McDonnell's $54 million Opportunity at Work agenda presented to lawmakers as part of his amendments to the 2010-12 budget. The governor's budget also includes $5 million for a refundable R&D tax credit and an extra $50 million for higher education directed toward increasing college access and economic development opportunities.

Jobs Tax Credit Generates $72 Million Fund for CT Firms

Connecticut has certified its first fund manager under the state's revised Insurance Reinvestment Tax Credit program, which has now expanded beyond its focus on insurance-related companies to support early stage and high-tech firms. Advantage Capital Partners has raised $72 million to invest under the revamped program. Fund managers may invest in any Connecticut-based business. One quarter of the investments must support green technology firms, and three percent must go toward pre-seed stage projects. Read Governor Joni Rell's press release ...

Michigan Lawmakers Pass Angel Investment Tax Credit Legislation

Michigan lawmakers last week passed a measure aimed at increasing access to capital for small businesses by allowing taxpayers to collect an income tax credit worth 25 percent of a qualified investment in emerging industries such as advanced manufacturing and life sciences. Under HB 5921, the investment must be at least $20,000 and certified by the Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF). MSF can certify up to $9 million in credits in a single year with up to $250,000 for each business. Gov. Jennifer Granholm proposed the angel tax credit during her State of the State address earlier this year (see the Feb. 10, 2010 issue of the Digest). The measure was passed with broad support by a vote of 85-14 in the House and 34-0 in the Senate. Read the governor's press release ...

North Carolina Introduced 15 Percent Digital Media Tax Credit

North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue recently signed off on a package of economic incentives for small businesses, including tax credits for interactive digital media firms, particularly those that collaborate with the state's research universities or community colleges. Digital media companies, including video game studios, are eligible for a 15 percent income tax credit; 20 percent for higher education collaborations. The bill also provides a 35 percent tax credit for research performed within one of the state's Eco-Industrial Parks.

HI High-Tech Tax Credits Remain Intact Following Veto

Citing further damage to the state's reputation as a place to do business, Lt. Gov. James "Duke" Aiona, vetoed SB 2401, a measure to suspend Hawaii's high-tech tax credit, which provides a 100 percent refundable tax credit for investments in qualified high-tech businesses. Lt. Gov. Aiona also challenged the legislature's assertion that the bill would have saved the state $93 million a year, stating that it was uncertain whether revenues from the measure could have been counted toward the state budget because a number of investors and businesses likely were to challenge the measure in court if it became law, according to a press release. Lt. Gov. Aiona is acting governor while Gov. Linda Lingle travels overseas. Read the veto letter:


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