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I am a rigging electrician and generator operator who has lived in the Boston area for more than twenty years. I make sure that film sets and outdoor locations are all wired and powered safely.

Thanks to the Massachusetts film tax incentive, I’ve been able to work full-time in the movie business since 2007. Prior to that, it was very slow going. Massachusetts competes with many other states (and Canadian provinces) for all sorts of film, TV, and commercial production.

Just like other modern industries, film production can easily be relocated and outsourced with only the bottom line in mind. If the Massachusetts film tax incentive is eliminated, there is little doubt that the number of movies shot here will be reduced to a trickle. As a result, many of our skilled laborers and valued technicians will be forced to either uproot their families and relocate to a more film-friendly state, or else consider a midlife career change. Please don’t let this happen.

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I’ve lived in Massachusetts for over 25 years, working in the electric department in the film industry. I work on motion pictures, television shows, commercials, and other types of productions. My wife and I have two daughters. We choose to live and work here because we love it here and enjoy the quality of life this area offers.

We’re just regular, hardworking, tax-paying people like many others in this state. It’s important to note that, without the state’s film tax incentive supporting it, our bright and thriving production industry will most certainly be threatened, which will affect not hundreds, but thousands of people who live here in state and depend on this industry to make a living.

That would mean lost jobs, lost wages, lost homes, and lost taxes for the state of Massachusetts. I am 56 years old. Should this tax credit disappear, so will my opportunity to co-provide for my family. Starting over in today’s job market at my age would be a difficult hardship placed on my family.

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I’m Zack Lazar. I was born and raised in Massachusetts. I currently live in Milton with my wife Anita and our two children. I’ve been working in the film industry since 1995. I currently work as a generator operator alongside the set lighting team on movies and commercials.

I rely on the increased business generated by the film tax incentives to keep food on our table and a roof over our heads. My job is far from glamorous, but it pays well and provides health insurance, a pension, and 401k. I work full-time, year-round in Massachusetts. I love my job. I love the talented people I work with. I’ve never wanted to live or work anywhere else.

 

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My name is Jose “Flecha” Hernandez. I am one of thousands of working families who make a living in the film and TV industry in Massachusetts as a result of the film tax incentive. If Massachusetts eliminated the film tax incentive, the production companies would take my job to a different state that did offer tax incentives.

Some people think the film tax incentive just supports Hollywood, but the reality is it supports thousands of hardworking people from Massachusetts — directly with crew jobs and indirectly through businesses like hotels, restaurants, car services, lumber yards, rental houses, coffee shops, convenience stores, gas stations, police details, caterers, churches, and the list goes on.

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