About Governor Baker’s Proposal and the Film Tax Incentive
The Governor’s proposal is a stand-alone bill (H62) that phases out the film tax credit. Since the proposal is not subject to the budget process, the bill will go through the typical legislative process and has already been referred to the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Revenue.
The cover letter of the Governor’s proposal is online here: http://www.mass.gov/bb/h1/fy16h1/bills_16/hpage489.htm.
The full text of the Governor’s proposed bill is online here: http://www.mass.gov/bb/h1/fy16h1/bills_16/hpage490.htm.
There has been no hearing date scheduled for this bill yet, but one will likely occur within the next month. MPC will reach out to its members and publish more information and updates once the hearing is scheduled.
The Governor’s bill also proposes to pay for the doubling of the earned income tax credit (EITC) with the alleged savings from the elimination of the film tax credit. This proposal pits working families against working families. Expanding the EITC is important, but kicking the strong and growing film and TV industry out of our state will only hurt our economy and result in thousands of jobs lost.
MPC is working directly with other industry stakeholders both in and outside the state (IATSE Local 481, SAG-AFTRA, Teamsters Local 25, MPAA, FILMA) to combat this proposal. We are reaching out to key legislators and members of the press to deliver our message that the film tax credit is an effective jobs and economic development tool.
What to Look For
There will be opportunities in the coming weeks for you to attend legislative briefings, hearings, or other events to support our industry and your jobs, and to contact your legislators as well as key committee members. MPC is working with our allies and consultants to determine the most effective timing of these activities. When it is time, MPC will provide more specific talking points and/or example letters.
What you can do NOW as a Massachusetts resident:
• If you do not know your state Senator or Representative, find out here: ..https://malegislature.gov/People/Search
• Start developing your own story for your legislators. The film and television incentive is ..about creating jobs and your job is one of the thousands created by it that is in danger of being ..lost.
• If you’ve experienced significant growth in your business since the film tax credit, begin ..calculating key statistics: how many new employees, how much new equipment, growth in ..office space or property rented or purchased, etc.
• If you are a member who uses MA vendors for goods and services as part of your work ..in MA, please reach out to those vendors and ask for their support, and contact us with a list of ..those vendors.
• Should you encounter members of the press, or find yourself in a situation where you need ..discussion points or preparation, please firstname.lastname@example.org.
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