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My name is Jenny Ciaffone. I feel fortunate to have worked on several film projects in Massachusetts. This is where I was born, and where I choose to live. Working in the film industry here has been a game-changer for me and for many of my friends and coworkers here. I have watched people buy houses, start families, and spend countless dollars on tools, fuel, and meals, locally. It would be a tragedy if the tax incentive went away.

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My name is Charles.  Thank God for the film tax incentive. Should it ever go away, life will be a struggle.

I have been a welder for more than 40 years and have seen lots of things, but nothing compares to The Finest Hours. This one job site employed nearly a hundred people for six or more months. More than five hundred tons of steel were purchased, along with several welding machines and tons of accessories. The production paid for excavation, concrete, carpentry, electrical, artistry, rigging, laborers, rentals, and famous actors (it’s always exciting to have them around).

These are just the purchases that were obvious to me, and all the money stayed in Massachusetts. I know this because one time, during the building of the set, some huge parts needed to be machined and they couldn’t find a machine shop in Massachusetts. They were upset with the fact that it might have to go out of state, to New York or something. I was able to help because I knew of a machine shop in Lowell that could handle it and they did. I was glad to help, but the relief to the movie people was that they got to do it in Massachusetts.

Now I don’t know the amount of money spent off site or on site and the hundreds of people involved on site and off site, but I do know this: none of this would be put in this state of Massachusetts without the film tax incentive.  Thank God for the film tax incentive, creating jobs.

 

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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My name is Jason Coffey, and I am a prop maker, welder, and rigger. My first film was Shutter Island in 2008, and I fell in love with this job. I am blessed to work with some of the greatest and most talented people I’ve ever had the privilege to work with.

I live in western Massachusetts and know firsthand that the film industry helps feed many families, including my own. I also know that the funds are spread around.  As I do not live in the greater Boston area where many productions have been located, I commute or stay in hotels or rent apartments (and eat three times a day at local vendors).

We are all just trying to make a living. To lose the tax incentives would be a great loss to many of us as well as the New England area, and will no doubt put many of us in very grave circumstances. Most people on the outside looking in do not see how much revenue is pumped into local businesses — lumber yards, steel yards, hotels, stores, flooring suppliers, restaurants, coffee shops, gas stations, equipment rental outfits, to name just a few. I hope and pray that the powers that be see that to lose out on the film industry will without question hurt many of us and, worst of all, our families.

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My name is Zachary Zablocki. I am 21 years old and I was born and raised in Massachusetts. When I was 17, I graduated from a vocational high school at the top of my class as a metal fabricator and welder. I joined the local film union that covers set construction when I was 18. I mostly work in the construction department. My background in welding and metal fabrication has made me a valuable asset on film construction crews, yet I keep learning new carpentry skills as I work. During the last three years of my life, I have met many great and intelligent people who have been a pleasure to work with.

It is a great threat to my job to propose taking away the Massachusetts film tax incentives. If this happens, the local community will be negatively impacted. You may not think you’ll be affected by this but people who surround you will. The film industry contributes to the community in so many great ways. We buy a great portion of our products and building materials from local businesses, which keeps the money in the local community. Vendors hire additional help to meet this demand. In the long run, the state profits through increased sales and employee taxes. Please support the Massachusetts film tax incentives.

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My name is M Quinn, and I am a special effects, welder, and construction worker for the motion picture industry. Thanks to work I’ve had through the Massachusetts film industry, my quality of life has greatly increased. I love what I do!

I am able to afford decent health coverage, and got myself in a financial position to start saving up for my future. I have begun putting money away for my niece and nephew’s college funds, and now have the security in knowing that if anything were to happen to my parents, I would be able to help support them. The tax incentive means I get to spend my money at local businesses instead of turning to often cheaper alternatives of shopping online or at major chains.

If the tax incentive is eliminated (or even threatened), my work and the work of hundreds of others will disappear. The money I am able to spend locally will be nonexistent. And there will be no financial security for my future, preventing me from being able to provide for the futures of my loved ones.

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