Magazine article Variety

Industry Org Promotes Incentives, Job Creation

Magazine article Variety

Industry Org Promotes Incentives, Job Creation

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In 2005, a collection of local industry craftspeople and business owners founded the Massachusetts Production Coalition (MPC) to urge the state legislature and then-Gov. Mitt Romney to create a 25% film and TV tax credit program.

That program went into effect in 2006 (and was modified in 2007), attracting a wealth of production to the state, but the MPC discovered its work was far from over.

The credit "is kind of like a newborn baby that has to be fed," says MPC president Don Packer, co-owner of Engine Room Edit. "We've had to (explain) its value to the entire state."

When current Gov. Deval Patrick proposed adding a $50 million annual cap to the program in January 2010, MPC members lobbied state Senate and House and leadership and pitched stories highlighting its economic benefits to media outlets. Then, in that March, the MPC put together three panels to testify against a bill that would have rolled back the credit to 20%. In the end, the program remained intact.

Opposition to tax credit has been fueled by a series of negative reports from the Massachusetts Department of Revenue, the latest of which said each production job that went to a state resident cost taxpayers $325,000. …

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