SEATTLE — Fewer misty vistas and cozy coffeehouse backdrops could grace Hollywood movies if Washington state shuts down the office that helps scout film locations as the governor considers a new round of budget cuts.
The Washington State Film Office is among about 30 state programs and agencies that Gov. Gary Locke has on the chopping block in his latest annual budget proposal.
Washington, its unemployment rate rising as major employer and airliner maker Boeing Co. sheds jobs, expects a budget shortfall of $1.2 billion, forcing Democrat Locke to tighten state spending.
But supporters of the Seattle-based three-person film office say it brings in much more than it spends.
The office has an annual budget of $375,000 and returns more than $100 for every dollar spent by the state, Washington's Office of Trade and Economic Development has calculated. Feature films including "Sleepless in Seattle," "An Officer and a Gentleman," "Disclosure" and the Sylvester Stallone remake of "Get Carter" have provided Washington with business from filming on location.