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Maryland threatens to use eminent domain to seize 'House of Cards' set

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The Washington Post published a story about a conflict between Maryland politicians and creators of House of Cards, the popular Netflix original political series. Currently, the popular program is filmed in Maryland. Producers of the show want additional millions in tax credits. Otherwise, they have threatened to leave Maryland and find another filming location.

Last Thursday, Del. C. William Frick (D-Montgomery) responded to the threat with his own. Frick threatened to use eminent domain to seize the programs sets, equipment and property. Frick said he used a suitable Frank Underwood like response.

Underwood is the vicious star of House of Cards, a former congressman, who lies, commits murder and everything else evil to become the president of the U.S.A.

Most likely, the threat will not come to fruition as senators voted 45 to 1 last week to provide additional tax credits to satisfy the program’s producers. Legally, under certain circumstances, Maryland officials can exercise eminent domain property if the program claims more than $10 million in tax credits and leaves Maryland.

The Washington Post reports the program has already received or will receive nearly $27 million in tax credits for the first two seasons.

Read more details about this story at the Washington Post website.

Marc Hoover is a freelance writer and author of two books “You Need a Cellmate, Not a Soulmate” and “21 Things you Gotta Know About the NFL.” Click on the links to buy his books or contact him about this story or anything else at augustlake@fuse.net. Marc also has a website for family members to write messages to their deceased loved ones. Visit Letters Beyond Heaven to either share or read personal letters to beloved family members and friends.

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