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