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MA Film Making Tax Credit

2/17/2010 12:03:00 AM
Hopefully I'm not too late for this.  I'm still in Taiwan, so I haven't had as much time as I'd like to sift through emails and blog.  Apparently, there is a proposal to cap the film credits in MA.  If this happens, we can almost definitely say goodbye to all the local movie filming that we've come to love over the last couple of years. 

See below for details that I received via email:

A message from the Massachusetts Production Coalition:

Last week, Governor Patrick proposed a cap on the Film and TV tax credit of $50 million per year for the next two years.

Yet, the Massachusetts Film and TV Tax Credit has created more than $1 billion in new economic activity in the Commonwealth since it was created four years ago.  As most of you know first-hand, it
has been a tremendous boon to the Commonwealth, acting as an incentive to local investment by production companies that have come here in large numbers.

The proposed $50 million cap represents a 25% credit on $200 million of eligible production expenditures for each year of the two years. The state has averaged between $75 and $100 million in credits per year for the last two years, so the cap represents a potential 50% decrease in production in our state.

The Governor¹s suggested temporary film credit cap has gone to the legislature, where the House and Senate will determine its fate. While we sympathize with the need to close the budget gap and want to do our part, the Massachusetts Production Coalition believes that capping this credit is not the best solution and will lead to lost jobs and lost economic growth.This, at a time when we need increased jobs and economic activity to work our way out of the current fiscal environment and encourage new investments in the commonwealth.

CALL TO ACTION

The Massachusetts Production Coalition is working to eliminate the proposed cap to protect production in our state and jobs for our members. We are coordinating our efforts with other stakeholders both inside and outside the state.  But we need your voice.
 
Who To Call

Targeted phone calls delivering a unified message are needed. PLEASE MAKE PHONE CALLS TO THE FOLLOWING LEGISLATORS FIRST. If you want to send an email or fax a letter as well, the necessary contact information is provided.

1. Call your Massachusetts state Representative and your Massachusetts state Senator. If you do not know your State Representative and/or Senator please go to: http://www.mass.gov/legis/city_town.htm

2. Call the following key legislators:
Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo: 617-722-2500.
Fax: 617-722-1008.   Robert.DeLeo@state.ma.us
Senate President Therese Murray: 617-722-1500.
Fax: 617-248-3840.   Therese.Murray@state.ma.us
Rep. Charles Murphy, Chair, House ways & Means Committee:
617-722-2990.
Fax: 617-722-2998.   Rep.CharlesMurphy@hwm.state.ma.us
Senator Steven Panagiotakos, Chair, Senate Ways & Means Committee:
617-722-1630.
Fax: 617-722-1001.   Steven.Panagiotakos@state.ma.us

The Message
Use the bullet points below. When you call, first ask to speak to the Representative/Senator, and if unavailable, leave a message with a member of his/her staff.
·         My name is
·         My address is (street address & town)
 NOTE: When calling your own Representative/Senator, BE SURE TO SAY that you are a constituent of the Senator/Representative.
·         I work in the film and television industry, my job is one of thousands of jobs created by the film tax credit.
·         I am opposed to the proposed cap on the film tax credit
in the Supplemental Budget because it will export my job to
another state.
·         The film tax credit has brought more than $1 billion in
new economic growth to Massachusetts, as well as scores of new
businesses and thousands of new jobs for people like me, and I
need that work.
·         Studios will still make movies and spend hundreds of
millions of dollars anyway- just not here.
·         The credit is a solution to the state's current economic
stagnation and job loss, not a problem.
·         I ask that Representative/Senator (name) preserve job
creation and growth in the Commonwealth by voting AGAINST the cap
on the film tax credit.

You may also ask your family and friends to call. If they do not work in the industry, they can use the appropriate bullet points above and explain the benefits they have seen first-hand.

Every phone call counts.  Thank you!


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1 Response to "MA Film Making Tax Credit"

  1. Frank Auer Said,

    Thank you for posting this. I only occasionally work in production but I used to in Florida. Production there died and I saw first hand people lose their jobs and the industry mostly die. It pains me to see this happen here. Yet people seem to cheer it as they did the problems at Plymouth Rock Studios!

    Posted on 2/22/10, 9:26 AM

     
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