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My name is Kevin Hardy. I have been in the transportation department for the last five years as a truck driver. I have three beautiful children, two of whom are currently in college.The film tax incentive in Massachusetts provides thousands of jobs in hundreds of specific fields of skill that are required to make a film in Massachusetts. I am one of the many that supports myself and family through this industry. Millions of dollars are spent not only on payroll for the workers in this industry, but also in both large and small businesses throughout the entire state. A lot of the money spent by production companies is not quantified in any reports in dollar-for-dollar spending estimates, but it is real and significant.

I will share this story as one small example: Two years ago, we spent five weeks filming out in a small town called Shelburne Falls. There was a small “mom and pop” pump station in a rather remote area of town. Drivers fueled 35 diesel trucks for the entire time we were there. Just before we left town, I talked with both the husband and wife who owned the station. They confided in me that, had it not been for the recent business that this movie provided them, they would have closed their doors. They were behind on their bills. The movie allowed them to clear up their debt and put them in a position to thrive going forward. This is just one of many cases of how this industry affects people and their daily businesses. Those who say the film tax incentive is a burden can skew the numbers any which way they want, but they cannot deny the reality of this industry and how it only helps Massachusetts taxpaying residents and its economy! Thank you for reading.

 

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My name is Cheryl and I am a truck driver with Teamsters Local 25. I live in Haverhill and have two grown children. I have four grandchildren, two of whom live with me. I was one step away from foreclosure when I joined the movie division, and it’s been a lifeline for my family and me.

In 2012, when I started working in this industry, I worked one month. Because of the film tax incentives, more and more production companies are doing business in Massachusetts, and I’m now able to make a living to support my family. I’m able to pay my mortgage and, this past summer, send my grandchildren to science camp. I am by no means rich, but I’m able to help my children and their families.

My children would benefit from the proposed low-wage tax benefit, but they’ll also benefit from me being able to work. The two shouldn’t be pitted against each other.

My favorite part about working on the film sets are the people I meet. Everyone has a story, and many of the local actors and production crew grew up in Massachusetts and moved back here because of the industry we’ve grown over the past seven years due to the Massachusetts film tax incentives.

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My name is Mike Ross. I am a driver for the movie business. I am a lifelong resident of Massachusetts. I make a good living working on the movies filmed in Massachusetts. I am a single parent and I have a steady income because of the Massachusetts film tax incentives. I have been able to put my daughter through nursing school. If the tax incentives are discontinued, I will be out of a job.

Jobs are hard to find these days, especially for someone approaching 60 years of age. Companies want the young people, not someone who is getting close to retirement. There is so much more to the tax credit that can’t be tracked by paper. Like how some businesses didn’t have to lay off workers because we were spending so much money for their services. We try to use local mom-and-pop stores when we can. I have driven the fuel truck on a few shows and used local gas (not from the big chains) and was spending around $1,000 a day. There are new companies starting to build in Massachusetts in support of the movie business, which they never did before because the films weren’t here enough. The more they come, the more support companies start, which means more jobs for Massachusetts residents.

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Hi, my name is Jim DeLisi. After working 16-plus years for DHL, I lost my job due to layoffs. This was a devastating financial hardship for my family and me. After searching for employment for many months and falling deeper and deeper into financial hardship, I was given the opportunity to work in the film industry.

Being able to work in this industry has enabled me to sustain a good income and provide for my three kids and my wife. I am able to maintain a good health insurance plan and get steady income to support my family. I was able to send my oldest daughter to college to begin her future plans. Without this job, she never would have had this opportunity.

Taking away this tax incentive would not only put me back into financial hardship again, it would stop all future college education for my children.

I have witnessed firsthand the revenues the state brings in from the film tax incentive: gas stations, hardware stores, restaurants, clothes stores, and curious spectators coming into town to get a glimpse of Hollywood. Local restaurants and stores welcome these visitors into their businesses and invite them into their establishments. I am one of thousands of people that will be directly affected by the tax incentive going away. PLEASE  put into consideration my story along with all the others who will be affected by this.

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My name is Paula, and I am a van driver. Originally from Dorchester, MA, I have been working in the industry since 2008, first in North and South Carolina, and now here. Unlike a lot of the workers I meet on set, this was never my plan. I was working in real estate when the market fell apart in 2008. I was lucky enough to get a job on a film set as a driver and, since then, have been able to make a living in this industry. The sustainable film industry in Massachusetts is the reason I was able to move back here to take care of my aging parents. It’s steady work, I enjoy the people I work with, and most importantly, it allowed me to move back home to be closer to family.

 

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My name is Alfredo Viera. I am a truck driver who has been working in the motion picture division since 2008. Life was very difficult to prior to getting a job on the movie division. I worked for several transport companies as a class A truck driver; the work was inconsistent, and wages were poor. To be completely honest, good jobs were impossible to find.

At this time, my son just turned two and was diagnosed with autism. Before working with the movie companies, my salary made it difficult to help my son get the services he needed to support his learning and development. I don’t want to go too far into the challenges with health care coverage, cost of services, and access to services for children with autism. However, I can sum it up as this: If you are a working-class individual who makes a small salary, your child will be screwed. Services are just unaffordable. One day a very smart man/woman/or team of individuals decided to put job creation for the citizens of Massachusetts at the forefront of their campaign. They gave the big movie industry a little bit of a tax break to help support growing jobs for working-class citizen like me, who has worked and paid taxes his whole entire life, without ever receiving aide from the government in my times of need. Eventually, God blessed me with the opportunity to work with the movies.

The movie industry has provided working-class folks like me with stable jobs, decent wages, and good working conditions. I can now say that my son has a fighting chance. Since getting the job for the movies, I have been able to enroll my son in different programs that specialize in helping children with autism.

We can’t rely on a system that resources are already exhausted for support. Just let us work! We will pay taxes as workers, and we will take care of our families too.

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My name is Eddie, and I live in Randolph. I’m the father of four, with six grandkids, and I’m a truck driver for the film industry. I’ve been working in the film industry since 2008, after working in construction trucking before that.

I’ve seen the film industry go from a couple shows a year to the booming, sustainable industry that it is today. As a driver, I get to travel all over the set. I see the numerous small businesses — couriers, caterers, cleaners, and designers — that come and go from the set all day.

The elimination of the film tax incentive would be DEVASTATING to me. I’ll lose my livelihood, and the chance to make a decent living while helping my grandchildren.

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My name is Joe Fournier, and I have been working in the film industry in Massachusetts since 2007, the year after the tax incentive was introduced. I never envisioned myself working in such a fulfilling career. My opportunity to work alongside such professional and dedicated co-workers would not have existed without the film tax incentive. For the past eight years, I have been gainfully employed as a driver for these production companies that will shy away from Massachusetts with the passing of the governor’s proposed legislation. It breaks my heart to see my friends and me struggle to keep these good jobs as a result of political monkey business on Beacon Hill.

What this film tax incentive has done for me has allowed me to stay here in the Boston area (where I was born and raised), feed my family, and provide a comfortable way of life for them. I am the parent of two wonderful children (my youngest lives with the challenges that autism brings her) who can finally look up to their dad and be proud. Please don’t jeopardize all of this for the benefit of politicians trying to drive a wedge through our community. Let’s keep pumping up our local economy with the dollars coming in from out of state through hotels, dining, bulk purchases of supplies needed, fuel and the like.

As the fuel truck operator on several different productions, I can see the excitement on the faces of the local merchants when I pull that fuel truck up to the pump for the third, fourth, sometimes fifth time per day to keep the operation up and running. We’re doing great things here in Massachusetts thanks to the film tax incentive. Let’s keep it rolling.

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My name is Billy Benner, and I work in the transportation department on film and television productions in Massachusetts. I have lived in Massachusetts for my entire life. I went to Bridgewater State College and graduated in 2006.

At the time of graduation, the Massachusetts job market was not promising. However, I learned that the movie 21, which was filming in Massachusetts due to a newly passed film tax incentives, was looking for local crew members. Being fresh out of school and needing a job, I jumped at the opportunity. At the time, I looked at the work as temporary until I could start my “career.” Fast forward nine years to where I am now. This is my career.

I have worked steadily in the film industry in Massachusetts. This industry has been successful in our state due to the film tax incentives.  The incentives make it worth it for Hollywood to do business here. I am now a proud husband, father, and homeowner.  I am just one of many that will suffer should the film tax incentives be eliminated.  Working families are depending on these jobs to continue.

We need these jobs so that we are able to support our children, our families, ourselves, and our lives. This is not about subsidizing rich movie stars. This is about keeping the hardworking people of Massachusetts employed.

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My name is Dan Redmond. I’ve been working in the motion picture industry transportation department since 2006.

The Massachusetts film tax incentives have given me steady income over the last nine years, with which I was able to buy a home and provide a good education for my children.

No tax credit equals no jobs. Movies will not come to Massachusetts without this incentive, make no mistake about that.

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Hi everyone. My name is Brian Dunn, but if you’ve had the pleasure of working with me, you know me as Dunny. I’ve been working in film in Massachusetts since 2007, the year I graduated from Bridgewater State. When I first graduated college, I went to Los Angeles with a friend to see what the work/living situation would be. I left very discouraged, knowing how hard and unforgiving the business can be, as well as how little money I had to actually move. After getting off my return flight, I received a text message from a college classmate who had an inside scoop on work in Boston. “Movie jobs in Boston?!?” Sure enough, I started as an office production assistant on 21 and, thanks to the film tax incentives, I’ve been able to work pretty steadily since then. After about a year of being a PA, I moved on to accounting, first as a clerk, then as a second assistant accountant. Afterwards, I moved on as a DOT compliance administrator. The only time I haven’t been able to work steadily came in 2010, when there was talk of doing away with the tax incentives.

Now, as someone who has worked in a few different jobs around the movie industry, I can tell you that this will affect way more than just those of us lucky enough to work these jobs. In accounting, I had to cut a ridiculous amount of checks (adding up to millions for the state) to hotels, restaurants, limousine services, condo companies, food vendors, rental car companies, office supply stores, building cleaners, etc. All of these were to Massachusetts vendors/companies. I was one of three second assistant accountants on the first Grown Ups movie, so I only dealt with a third of the vendors we were paying! Now, being in the transportation department, I see exactly how many pieces of equipment we rent, and 90% of it is from Massachusetts (only going out of state for specialized equipment that isn’t available here). Does anybody have any idea how expensive renting just one passenger van or one box truck for one month can be? Expensive! Now picture a movie with 20 trucks and three vans going on for two months (this would be a small show). The last four to five shows I’ve worked on have used at least 30 trucks and five vans, not including star cars, and lasted anywhere from three to six months.

With the money I’ve earned since starting in this industry, I have been able to pay rent for the past eight years, purchase two vehicles (and paid for all the taxes), get health insurance, pay my taxes, spend thousands spoiling my nephew (seriously, he’s only six and I could finance a small country on what I’ve bought him), treated friends and family to dinners, drinks, and nights out, and countless other purchases (clothes, groceries, electronics, gas, etc). However, and perhaps most importantly, my fellow crew donates time and money to Autism Awareness. I, as well as many others, have donated hundreds at a time to this cause, and we have received donations from corporations and vendors across the state totaling an amount I’ll never be able to count. If I didn’t work as much as I do, I wouldn’t be able to make these contributions.

Doing away with the tax credit hurts not just us people behind the scenes, but countless other industries that the governor hasn’t included. Let’s keep up the good fight and keep everyone informed!

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I have been in the transportation department on movies for seven years now. Due to the tax incentive, I was able to buy a home for my family and me to live in and build an in-law apartment for my mother and father.

The film tax incentives give stability to people like me who were bouncing from one unstable job to the next. They are very important to many families in Massachusetts, as well as local businesses. There have been tax-paying businesses started here because of the tax incentives. If the tax incentives go away, the unemployment rate may skyrocket.

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