From time to time, we like to post stories from our friends in and around Hollywood East. The story below comes from C.P. Casting about a proposed change to the Massachusetts Film Tax Credit that we thought you’d like to know about. C.P. Casting is Boston-based casting agency that has placed New England talent in acting roles for a range of projects for the past 20 years. Here is their message:
Last week Governor Patrick proposed to the legislature that the Massachusetts Film and TV Tax Credit be capped at $50 million per year. The proposal is to impose the cap as early as March of 2010 and to have it extend for the next two fiscal years – 2011 and 2012. The proposed $50 million cap represents a 25% credit on $200 million of eligible production expenditures each year for two years. The state has averaged between $75 and $100 million in credits per year for the last two years.
If not rejected, the proposed cap represents a potential 50% decrease in production in our state. The Governor’s budget proposal has gone to the legislature and the House and Senate will determine the fate of the proposed cap.
THE TIME FOR THOSE WHO WORK
IN THE FILM & TV INDUSTRY TO ACT COLLECTIVELY IS NOW.
Who To Call
Targeted phone calls delivering a unified message are needed. Please make these phone calls first. If you want to send an email or fax a letter as well, the necessary contact information is provided.
1. THE TWO MOST IMPORTANT CALLS for you to make are to 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. Once these two calls are made, call the FOLLOWING KEY LEGISLATORS :
* Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo:
(617)722-2500. Fax: (617)722-1008. <[email protected]>
* Senate President Therese Murray:
(617)722-1500. Fax: (617)248-3840. <[email protected]>
* Rep. Charles Murphy, Chair, House ways & Means Committee:
(617)722-2990. Fax: (617)722-2998. <[email protected]>
* Senator Steven Panagiotakos, Chair, Senate Ways & Means Committee:
(617)722-1630. Fax: (617)722-1001. <[email protected]>
Use the bullet points below. When you call, first ask to speak to the Senator or Representative, 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 one of their constituents.
* I work in the film and television industry in Mass. and 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 Governor’s 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 ___ preserve job creation and growth in the Commonwealth by voting AGAINST the cap on the film tax credit.
Please encourage your family and friends to call as well. If they do not work in the industry, they can use the appropriate bullet points above and stress the importance of job creation to the state.
Thank you in advance for your help in this fight.
~ C.P. Casting