Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker Wants to Eliminate the Film Tax Incentive

Hollywood conjures thoughts of glitz, glam and million dollar paychecks. This is a laughable notion for the Massachusetts local people who provide for their families by working in the film business. They are paid by the hour, receive no royalties and work grueling, unrelenting hours tirelessly. Because it’s their job. Because they have to feed their children and pay for heat and health insurance.

One thing is crystal clear. The movies come to Massachusetts because it has a film tax credit incentive. Without that incentive, there are no films and there are thousands of families without income. Ask the producers scouting locations for their next movie. Look at the all too recent past when there was a mere mention of capping the film tax credit. Movies scrambled to get as far away from Massachusetts as possible. The local families and businesses who work in the film business are still recovering from that blow.

Charlie Baker wants to get rid of the film tax incentive to “boost working families.” He’s pitting working families against working families. He wants to eliminate jobs for working families who work directly on the films and the hundreds of small businesses who see a boom in business when a movie or TV show is in town. There has to be another solution.

Here are some of the faces who make up the local film crews in Massachusetts. These people pay state income taxes (as do the multi million dollar a movie making actors and executives, by the way) and who will struggle to make ends meet if Charlie Baker successfully ends the film tax credit.

Here are some of the local businesses who depend on the film business to hire employees and keep their doors open.

Please read the “Take Action” page to see how you can best help keep the film tax incentive in Massachusetts.

  • Barry Perla - Hi, my name is Barry Perla, I work for Atlantic Tent Rental. Atlantic Tent has been working with the movies and TV pilots since 1997. We supply tents, tables, chairs, hair and makeup stations, generators, heaters, lighting, etc. to the film industry while filming in Massachusetts. This is our lively hood. We hire people just for this work. If the tax credits go away so will the film production teams and most of my employees. They will no doubt be unemployed. When they leave they will not come back, they will go to other states that offer the incentives. Please consider keeping the tax credits as this is what keeps us employed.ReplyCancel

  • Margie Sullivan - Hi, my name is Margi Sullivan. I am an Executive Producer at Redtree Productions. We make TV commercials. I am a 30 year Vet, my husband John Kaplan is also a 30 year Vet, key grip, and our daughter is a 2 month assisatant post producer. We have given back to our community thanks to the film tax incentive allowing us to stay in MA and work in our careers.ReplyCancel

  • Gail Rush - The film tax credit brings in millions of dollars to the state, put thousands of people to work in VERY lucrative jobs, who then pay taxes on that money back to the state. I allows our state to show itself off, a form of advertising…restaurants, bars, hotels, drivers, grocery stores, vintage and other clothing stores, gyms, I could go on, but MANY businesses earn lots of money through the film industry here. Just threatening to withdraw the tax credit means films, once considering Massachusetts, will now look elsewhere…happened in Michigan…they lost 8 films scheduled to work there, just by the press mentioning a possible loss of tax credits…don’t allow this to happen hereReplyCancel

  • Kelly Dimbat - My name is Kelly Dimbat and I’m a Realtor and a Broker. While I’m not directly involved in the film community I have seen first hand the effects of steady work in the industry and how it has allowed many to afford the expensive housing here in Ma and given many the ability to purchase homes because of their steady work. Many of these people are local people born and raised in MA and staying here because of steady work and using first time home buyer programs so they can purchase homes in central locations to get to and from sets. Removing the tax incentive could unravel the good it has done to provide steady work and allow residents to keep their roots here in MA by buying homes and condos. The film industry supports an overwhelming amount of local businesses who need steady income to afford housing here. It’s a chain reaction and one I don’t want to see unravel. Prevent foreclosure, liens and late payments by keeping the incentive in place to ensure steady work flow.ReplyCancel

  • Denise Doucette - has there been a REAL total assessment done of the cost/benefits of the film tax credit? There was a study done in VA years ago which found that of every $1 spent, there were $9 more coming in! Other states have done similar analyses. The last VA governor also wanted to get rid of the tax credit incentive which expires this year. MANY of the projects that wanted to film in VA are now reconsidering and moving away! “Turn” is still being filmed there, only because they have built many sets in Richmond for use in the show. But other shows are now going elsewhere and the entire contingent of VA actors and crew (and there are MANY) are considering relocating to places more conducive to employmentReplyCancel

  • Gina Donahue - There are viable jobs and local business who lose out if this goes through. The governor is not thinking this through!!!ReplyCancel

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