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My name is Ray Petrello. I have been fortunate to be a member of IATSE Local 481 since 2008. This work has provided money for my family during the recession. If it weren’t for the Massachusetts film tax incentive, we would not have this work. 2010 was a very lean year because of just the discussion of eliminating the tax credit. The movie business usually goes to states like Georgia and Louisiana, which give a 40% tax credit. We are lucky they even come here.

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My name is Jason Allard. I have been working on films in Massachusetts since 2007. I am a married father of three and I own my own home. My family’s  main source of income is from film.

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For me, the film industry means earning a living wage doing what I love most — making the “magic” in entertainment. My name is Catrin Evans, and I work in the construction department as a scenic carpenter and welder.  I recently came to the film industry through the theater and event freelance businesses, trying to piece together day- or week-long gigs without benefits. Now, because of the work the Massachusetts film industry has created, I have benefits, I bought my first car, I have access to professional training, and I spent the holidays with my family instead of working. I am just one of the many artists and craftspeople who depend on the film tax incentive to earn a living. In turn, all of us depend on local materials suppliers, rental houses, restaurants, hotels, clothing stores, hardware stores, and countless other business to do our jobs. Support Massachusetts business by supporting the film tax incentive.

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My name is Mark Turpel. I reside in New Bedford, MA, where I was born and raised. Love where you live.

I’ve been a carpenter for over ten years. Employed and self-employed, it was always a struggle trying to make a living. Within the past year, I joined the film industry to seek more opportunities, benefits, and a secure future here in Massachusetts.

Since day one, it was easy to see how much the film industry contributes to Massachusetts and how very important the film incentive is to the industry.

Massachusetts should be in support of the film tax incentive. Eliminating it would cost thousands of jobs and a huge amount of business throughout local communities.

 

 

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My name is Aram Maranian III, and for 33 years, I worked in a business I hated. Working in the film industry has allowed me to be creative and learn from from great carpenters. The most import part of all, it allows me to support my family while doing what I love, and the film tax incentive is what makes this possible. 

The tax incentive gives back to the local communities in may ways, from lumber and hotels to on-set catering. Ending the tax incentive will eliminate thousands of jobs, including my own, while decimating the film industry in Massachusetts. Please support the Massachusetts Film Tax Credit and save thousands of current, and upcoming, jobs across Massachusetts.

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My husband, Josh Frankhouser, just recently started working in the local film industry (last year). He has been a residential carpenter his whole career, and this opportunity has been an amazing change for him. It allows him some great, creative artistic expression as a carpenter and (now also) a prop maker for the film world. For us as a family, it has given us the the financial security to live, stay local, and plan for our future.

The tax incentive helps the film industry put back into the local community in many financial ways, from local small businesses to individual people, whether it is housing for workers, or restaurants, grocery stores, building supplies, lumber yards, etc.

Please keep the Massachusetts film industry going and continue the film tax incentive…THANK YOU!!

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My name is Will Mateo and I have worked as a carpenter/prop maker since 2008. The film industry has provided so much for my family and me, and I greatly appreciate it. I now have health insurance and a retirement plan, which I can safely say I would not have if it weren’t for this job.

Cutting the film tax incentive would affect so many hardworking people and their families. Many people do not realize how much the film industry also puts back into local business, from lumber yards and hotels, to property rentals, tool rentals, and many more. In saying that, I really hope my words, along with my brothers’ and sisters’, are being heard and not just being ignored.

 

11045440_10100674434764615_2919685809897810398_nMy name is Benjamin Regan, and I have been working on films since 2006. I have worked as a carpenter, welder, prop maker, greensperson, and set dresser. The Massachusetts film industry has provided me with a career and hopefully a future as a studio shop mechanic. Before joining IATSE Local 481, I was a typical construction worker, struggling to pay rent and living from paycheck to paycheck. This job has presented me with countless opportunities and a fair living wage.

In my nine years as a member of Local 481, I have seen firsthand the effect of the film tax incentive and the direct impact it has on our industry. In 2009, I made the most money I had ever made in a year.  In 2010, however, following Gov. Deval Patrick’s mere proposal to cap the tax incentives, I and many of my union brothers and sisters struggled on unemployment or were forced to work outside of the film industry to make ends meet. Legislators don’t often understand the ripple effects of their actions. Make no mistake, producers only bring films to Massachusetts for the tax breaks. Take Vancouver as an example: there used to be a booming film industry there, but when their government revoked the tax credit, the film industry dried up. It is basic economics: the incentive brings money from wealthy investors/producers to this state; without the incentive, they would simply spend their money elsewhere.

Supporting the film tax incentive directly supports working-class families all around Massachusetts. Without the incentives, there would be no film industry in Massachusetts. Without the incentives, most of my coworkers would be unemployed and in need of state assistance. I would like to urge Governor Baker and his fellow legislators to continue to support the local people making a living in the Massachusetts film industry.  FILMS = JOBS

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